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:
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: