Jóhanna Barðdal has her first degree from the University of Iceland and her Ph.D. degree from Lund University, Sweden. She has held visiting appointments at Manchester University, University of North Texas and University of California at Berkeley, and a Postdoctoral Research Position at the University of Bergen, Norway. She joined the Dept. of Linguistics at Ghent University in 2013.
Jóhanna's research is focused on case marking and its development, the relation between case marking and verbal semantics, form–meaning correspondences, productivity and variation in case marking and argument structure, historical–comparative linguistics, as well as syntactic and semantic reconstruction.
Jóhanna is the author of two research monographs and coauthor of one reference grammar. The two monographs are Case in Icelandic: A Synchronic, Diachronic and Comparative Approach (2001) and Productivity: Evidence from Case and Argument Structure in Icelandic (2008). The reference grammar is Nordiska – Våra språk förr och nu [Scandinavian – Our Languages Now and Earlier] (1997).
She is a founding co-editor of the Journal of Historical Linguistics and a founding series co-editor of Brill’s Studies in Historical Linguistics. She has published in several linguistics journals, including Language, Journal of Linguistics, Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Studies in Language, Functions of Language, Morphology, Lingua, STUF: Language Typology and Universals, Diachronica, Transactions of the Philological Society, Language Dynamics and Change, Journal of Indo-European Studies, Journal of Greek Linguistics and Indogermanische Forschungen. She is currently running an ERC-funded research project on the Evolution of Case, Alignment and Argument Structure in Indo-European (2013–2018).