Lisa Gotthard

PhD Linguistics & English Language

  • Linguistics and English Language
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details

Address

Street

Dugald Stewart Building

City
3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
Post code
EH8 9AD

Qualifications

2013-16: BA with Honours in Linguistics, University of York

2016-17: MSc (Dist.) in English Language, University of Edinburgh

  • Dissertation title: The diachrony of do-support in Scots

2018-present: PhD in Linguistics and English Language, University of Edinburgh

  • Working project title: A comparative-syntactic study of 16th-18th century Scots and English

Undergraduate teaching

2018-19

Tutor:

  • Linguistics and English Language 1A (pre-honours)

Tutor and Lecturer:

  • Linguistics and English Language 2C: English in Time and Space. (pre-honours)

2019-20

Tutor:

  • Linguistics and English Language 2A: Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English (pre-honours)
    • Also tutor on TutoriAll inclusive online tutorials

2020-21

Tutor:

  • LEL2A: Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English
  • LEL2C: English in Time and Space

 

2021-22

Tutor:

  • LEL2A: Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English
  • LEL2C: English in Time and Space
  • Historical Linguistics (Honours/MSc)

Lecturer:

  • Scots and Scottish English (Honours/MSc)

Postgraduate teaching

2021-22

Tutor:

  • Historical Linguistics (Honours/MSc)

Lecturer:

  • Scots and Scottish English (Honours/MSc)

Research summary

Diachronic variation and change; syntax; Scots; parsed corpora; language contact; Germanic varieties

 

Publications:

Gotthard, L. (2021). 'Variation in Subject-Verb Agreement in the History of Scots'. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 27 : Iss. 1 , Article 9. Available at: https://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol27/iss1/9

Gotthard, L. (2019). 'Why do-support in Scots is different'. English Studies 100(3). 1–25. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/0013838X.2018.1558699

Current research interests

My current research focuses on syntactic developments in Scots during the time of its anglicisation, i.e. when Scots fell under increasing influence from standard English in the 16th-18th century. This research involves syntactically annotating a corpus of Older Scots, analysis of diachronic syntactic change, as well as investigating outcomes of language contact.

Past research interests

My interests have also included studies in formal syntactic and semantic theory.

Affiliated research centres

Project activity

 From February until August 2020 I was on a research visit to the University of Pennsylvania, funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities.

Current project grants

PhD Studentship: AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (managed by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities)

Papers delivered

FRLSU, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Online), October 2021

Gotthard, L. "The Scots Northern Subject Rule in Contact."

 

ICEHL21, University of Leiden (Online), June 2021

Gotthard, L. "Subject-verb agreement and the rise of do-support in the period of anglicisation of Scots. "

 

ISLE 6, University of Eastern Finland (Online), June 2021

van Eyndhoven, S., L. Gotthard, and R. Filgueira. "’Scots for the masses’? Exploring the use of Scots in 19th century chapbooks". 

 

44th Penn Linguistics Conference, University of Pennsylvania, March 2020 (Conference cancelled due to Covid-19)

Gotthard, L. "Variation in subject-verb agreement in the history of Scots". (Poster)

 

Multimethodological approaches to synchronic and diachronic variation (workshop), University of Potsdam, October 2019

Gotthard, L. "Variation in subject-verb agreement in the history of Scots".  (Poster)