Linguistics and English Language

Scottish Language Dictionaries appoints linguistics lecturer as Chief Executive

Dr Rhona Alcorn has been appointed Chief Executive of the Scottish Language Dictionaries

SLD is the major body for the lexicography of the Scots language. It oversees the great scholarly heritage that produced A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue and The Scottish National Dictionary. These works, which underpin the combined and enhanced online version, the Dictionary of the Scots Language, are rightly celebrated as major Scottish cultural achievements. SLD also aspires to support users of Scots in reflecting on, and building greater confidence in, their use of the language. 


Rhona, a Chancellor’s Fellow, will also continue  on a part-time basis  as a lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at the University and as Depute Director of the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics (AMC).


This appointment will complement Rhona’s teaching of historical Scots linguistics and her involvement in FITS, a £1M research project at the AMC investigating the early history of Scots.

From Inglis to Scots

I am really excited to be part of SLD’s next, exciting chapter.

Dr Rhona AlcornDeputy Director of the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics