At the ISLE summer school in Glasgow, 2019
Photo credit: Elisa Ramírez
I do research on Scots which is the name of a minority language traditionally spoken in Lowland Scotland and the Northern Isles. Follow the link from this heading to learn more!
Despite that I study the history of Scots, I often take part in events to do with the use of Scots in Scotland today, as I think it's crucial that researchers interact with the Scots-speaking community to learn where our research can have impact.
Topics investigated, with related outputs/projects:
As the majority of my work focuses on syntactic change during intense contact between Scots and English, I have a general interest for all things language contact. I am particularly interested in how to determine what syntactic changes are due to parallell developments and what are due to contact, and also what role sociolinguistic factors have in the outcomes of grammar competition and change.
Although there is no specific output which deals with this question alone, most of the work on Scots listed here explore contact as a possible explanatory model for the changes under investigation.
My PhD thesis, available in full here, describes the construction of the Parsed Corpus of Scottish Correspondence (PCSC; ch3), presents three case studies on the PCSC data (ch 4-6), and assesses the likelihood of syntactic changes in Early Modern Scots being outcomes of influence from English (ch2, ch7).
My supervisors were Prof. Bettelou Los and Prof. Rob Truswell, and I received external supervision from Dr. Rhona Alcorn (Dictionaries of the Scots Language) and Dr. Beatrice Santorini (University of Pennsylvania).
Part of my PhD studies were carried out while on a research visit to the University of Pennsylvania, from February to July 2020.
I successfully defended my thesis in October 2022, and received my award in December 2022.
The examination panel consisted of: