Lisa Gotthard

PhD Linguistics & English Language

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

Contact details



Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
Post code


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



  • Linguistics and English Language 1A 
  • Linguistics and English Language 2C: English in Time and Space.
    • Also holding 3 lectures on Scots and Scottish English



  • Linguistics and English Language 2A
    • Also tutor on TutoriAll inclusive online tutorials

Research summary

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

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 parsing and annotating a corpus of Older Scots, analysis of diachronic change in syntax and information structure, 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 am 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)