Background and activities

I am an associate professor of Nordic linguistics in the Department og Language and Literature. I am a member of the AcqVA research group and the GenVAC research project. The GenVAC project investigates variation, acquisition and change in the grammatical gender of Norwegian nouns, especially with respect to the feminine gender, which is currently undergoing language change.

I received my PhD in Nordic linguistics in 2019 from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), supervised by professor Tor A. Åfarli and professor Terje Lohndal. In my dissertation I study the grammar of Norwegian compound words.

I have teaching experience from NTNU and UiO, where I have taught on a range of subjects related to grammar, Norwegian as a second language, dialectal variation and theories of science. I supervise students on BA, MA and PhD level.

Courses spring 2022


Research interests

  • Grammar of Norwegian
  • Syntax and morphology
  • Dialectal variation
  • Argument structure
  • Grammatical gender
  • Sami languages
  • Multilingualism and code switching
  • Theories of science





Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Eik, Ragnhild; Riksem, Brita Ramsevik. (2022) Compound-Internal Language Mixing in American Norwegian. Languages. vol. 7 (85).
  • Solbakken, Hedda; van Baal, Yvonne; Eik, Ragnhild; Lohndal, Terje. (2022) Feminine gender across Norwegian dialects: ​Articles and possessives. AcqVA Retreat . UiT & NTNU; Jeløya. 2022-04-27 - 2022-04-29.
  • van Baal, Yvonne; Solbakken, Hedda; Eik, Ragnhild; Lohndal, Terje. (2022) Change in grammatical gender: First results from Trondheim and Kristiansand. AcqVA lunch . NTNU; Trondheim. 2022-03-02 - 2022-03-02.
  • van Baal, Yvonne; Solbakken, Hedda; Eik, Ragnhild; Lohndal, Terje. (2022) "Et flagg - den står på stranda". Funny pronouns and how we (not yet) understand them. Skogselskapet . NTNU; Trondheim. 2022-04-26 - 2022-04-26.





  • Eik, Ragnhild. (2017) Deverbal ing-compounds in Norwegian. Aqcva-lunsj . NTNU; Trondheim. 2017-10-17.
  • Eik, Ragnhild. (2017) Korleis set ein saman ord? Strukturelle analysar. MONS 17 ; 2017-11-22 - 2017-11-24.
  • Eik, Ragnhild. (2017) Norwegian compounds: the category of non-heads. Meeting of the Research Group on (Experimental) Syntax and Heritage Languages . Research Group on (Experimental) Syntax and Heritage Languag; Berlin. 2017-01-18.
  • Eik, Ragnhild. (2017) Norwegian compounds: the category of non-heads. ConSOLE XXV ; Leipzig. 2017-01-04 - 2017-01-06.
  • Eik, Ragnhild. (2017) On synthetic compounds in Norwegian. Workshop on compounds . Humboldt Universität zu Berlin; Berlin. 2017-02-20.
  • Eik, Ragnhild. (2017) When two become one. How to build compounds. Indo-Norwegian Syntax Workshop 2 . NTNU; Trondheim. 2017-09-11 - 2017-09-12.
  • Kush, Dave Whitney; Eik, Ragnhild. (2017) Prosessering av partikkelverb i norsk: evidens for hybridrepresentasjonar. MoNS 17: Møte om norsk språk 2017 ; 2017-11-22 - 2017-11-24.


  • Eik, Ragnhild. (2016) Norwegian compounds: linkers and categories. Indo-Norwegian Syntax Workshop ; 2016-09-12 - 2016-09-13.
  • Eik, Ragnhild. (2016) The possessor raising construction in Norwegian. An exoskeletal account. SynVar3 ; Delhi. 2016-10-10 - 2016-10-14.


  • Eik, Ragnhild. (2015) Compounding in Norwegian. Departmental seminar ; 2015-11-16.
  • Eik, Ragnhild. (2015) Grammatisk analyse av setningar med possessivt objekt. MONS 16 (Møte om norsk språk) . Universitetet i Agder; Kristiansand. 2015-11-25 - 2015-11-27.


  • Eik, Ragnhild; Åfarli, Tor Anders. (2014) Setningar med possessivt objekt i norsk: Ein nykonstruksjonistisk analyse av setningar som "ho trakka han på foten". 2014.