Background and activities

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the AcqVA research group and a member of 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 have experience supervising at the BA and MA level.


Teaching fall 2020

  • SPRÅK3002 - Theories of science for Nordic linguistics
  • NORD1102


Research interests

  • 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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Journal publications


  • Eik, Ragnhild; Lohndal, Terje; Åfarli, Tor Anders. (2019) The morphosyntax of compounding in Norwegian. 2019. ISBN 978-82-326-3840-6. Doktoravhandlinger ved NTNU (121).
  • Eik, Ragnhild; Åfarli, Tor Anders. (2014) Setningar med possessivt objekt i norsk: Ein nykonstruksjonistisk analyse av setningar som "ho trakka han på foten". 2014.


  • 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.