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

    United Kingdom

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    United Kingdom

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  • 72 Citations
  • 4 h-Index

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Personal profile

Academic Qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic Qualifications

Dr Ragnhild Ljosland obtained a PhD in Sociolinguistics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2008, where she also studied Scandinavian language and literature. She has been employed by the UHI Institute for Northern Studies since 2009.

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)
  • Early Scottish and Norse Literature
  • Orkney and Shetland Literature (module leader)
  • Runology and Old Norse (module leader)


On BA Scottish Cultural Studies :

  • Language, Culture and Identity (module leader)
  • Scotland's Music (module tutor)
  • Runes: Voices from the Past (module leader)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy


  • 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?. Brepols Publishers

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 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

    The Men in Maeshowe: Why did they break in?

    Ragnhild Ljosland (Speaker)
    21 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    A World from Dragons

    Ragnhild Ljosland (Speaker), Howard Firth (Speaker), Tom Muir (Speaker)
    8 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    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

    12th Forum for Research on Languages of Scotland and Ulster Triennial Conference (Event)

    Ragnhild Ljosland (Peer reviewer)
    16 Apr 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review


    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