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I have worked at Volda University College, the University of Lund, the University of Wisconsin, and I have been employed at the Scandinavian Section at the University of Edinburgh since 1989.
I welcome research applications in Scandinavian language history, place-name studies and dialectology, and I am keen to participate in interdisciplinary projects relating similar subjects.
My research is focused on place-names; in particular how larger patterns of name distribution can be used as a tool to indicate settlement history.
My research interest at the moment is on the early Viking period in Scotland and especially the early Norse place-names in the west of Scotland. Linked to this is my other area of research interest, which is languages and cultures in contact, as seen from onomastic studies but also from historical sources and archaeology. I have a number of publications centered on the Norse in Scotland and the Scandinavians in North America.
I am a founding member of the Hjaltland Network.
This article was published on Oct 30, 2012