Ragnhild Ljosland

Doctor, Cand. Philol., PhD

  • Orkney College UHI East Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1LX

    United Kingdom

  • kw151qx

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

  • 73 Citations
  • 4 h-Index

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Personal profile

Academic Qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic Qualifications

Dr Ragnhild Ljosland has been a lecturer with the University of the Highlands and Islands since 2009, initially with the Centre for Nordic Studies and later with the UHI Archaeology Institute. Her academic background is in Scandinavian language and literature, graduating from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2008 with a PhD in sociolinguistics.
Since joining UHI, Ragnhild Ljosland has continued researching linguistic and sociolinguistic topics, as well as literature and runology. She publishes on a range of topics, such as Orkney and Shetland dialect grammar, historical sociolinguistics, Scots language, runic inscriptions, contemporary language policy, and Orkney literature. 

Research expertise

Sociolinguistics, linguistics, dialect studies, Orkney and Shetland studies, Scots, dialect literature, runes, Norwegian language.

Teaching expertise

Dr Ljosland teaches the following modules on the MLitt level:

  • The Orkney and Shetland Tongues (module leader)
  • Orkney and Shetland Literature (module leader)
  • Runology and Old Norse (module leader)


On BA Scottish Cultural Studies :

  • Languages on the Edge (module leader)
  • Scotland's Music (module leader)
  • Runes: Voices from the Past (module leader)
  • Tradition, Custom and Belief (module leader)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008


  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • PE English
  • PD Germanic languages
  • PN0441 Literary History

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Research Output

Runic Spindle Whorl Recently Found In Orkney

Ljosland, R., 16 Jan 2020, In : Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies. 9-10, p. 215-230 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Runic Forgeries in Northern Scotland

    Ljosland, R. & Blendl, A., 1 Jul 2019, In : Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies. 8, p. 127-150 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Orkney Book of Runes

    Ljosland, R., 20 Aug 2019, Orkney Archaeology Society (OAS). 60 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Maeshowe, Orkahaugr – The names of Orkney’s great burial mound as nodes in a heteroglossic web of meaning-making

    Ljosland, R., 16 Feb 2018, (Accepted/In press) What is North?: Imagining the North from Ancient Times to the Present Day. Plumb, O. (ed.). Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, p. 193-210 18 p. (The North Atlantic World; vol. 1).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 7 Downloads (Pure)

    Review: Language regulation in English as a lingua franca: Focus on academic spoken discourse

    Ljosland, R., 30 Jan 2018, In : Journal of English Linguistics. 46, 1, p. 79-82 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Open Access
  • Prizes

  • Activities

    A World from Dragons

    Ragnhild Ljosland (Speaker), , Howard Firth (Speaker), & Tom Muir (Speaker)

    8 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    The Men in Maeshowe: Why did they break in?

    Ragnhild Ljosland (Speaker)

    21 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Teeth of the Dragon: How humans make sense of landscape through storytelling

    Ragnhild Ljosland (Speaker)

    25 Sep 201828 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Runes: Viking Writing

    Ragnhild Ljosland (Speaker)

    25 Sep 201828 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


    Kirkwall Township Heritage Initiative Viking Walk

    Ragnhild Ljosland (Participant), Alexandra Sanmark (Participant), Donna Heddle (Participant), Victoria Whitworth (Participant), Crawford Barbara (Participant), Olwyn Owen (Participant), James Barrett (Participant) & Christopher Gee (Participant)

    Impact: Economic Impacts