Lisa Gotthard


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

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Room 1.13, Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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I am Lecturer in English Language, with a research focus on English and Scots in the Early Modern period. I have parsed a corpus of Scots correspondence from 1540-1750 (the 'Parsed Corpus of Scottish Correspondence', to be made available), and have a keen interest in methods involving building and using parsed corpora. My other research interests involve syntactic variation and change, historical sociolinguistics, and language contact.


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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

2018-22: PhD in Linguistics and English Language, University of Edinburgh

  • Title: Syntactic change during the anglicisation of Scots: Insights from the Parsed Corpus of Scottish Correspondence 
  • Supervisory team: Bettelou Los, Rob Truswell, Rhona Alcorn (ext.), Beatrice Santorini (ext.)

Undergraduate teaching

Autumn 2023

  • LEL1A – History and Variation
  • Scots & Scottish English – History, features, language status and planning

Spring 2024

  • LEL2C: English in Time and Space – Scots and Scottish English
  • History of Scots (CO)

Research summary

Historical Variation and Change in English and Scots, Syntax, parsed corpora, corpus methods, language contact, cross-germanic comparison

Affiliated research centres

Project activity

Since February 2022, I am working with Prof. George Walkden (PI) and Dr. Sirri Björnsdóttir (Uni Konstanz) on the project 'Modelling lexical diffusion in syntax: non-finite complementation in Modern English' -- project H4 under the research unit 'Structuring the Input in Language Processing, Acquisition and Change' (SILPAC). I spent 4 weeks at Uni Konstanz working on this project, from 17 Oct to 14 Nov 2022.

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