Ragnhild Ljosland

Doctor, Cand. Philol., PhD

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

    United Kingdom

  • kw151qx

    United Kingdom

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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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