Scots and English in Scotland

Glasgow has a claim to being the leading institution in the UK for the study of Scots and English in Scotland.  Many colleagues work on topics in this area, making links between the study of Scots (and Scottish English) and our Modern and Historical English Language clusters, e.g. work on the sociolinguistic study of Scottish dialects.  Research in Scots and English in Scotland also includes work on the handling of these varieties in literature, on historical pragmatics with reference to Scottish texts, on documents and letters in Scots and Scottish English, on Scottish book history, on the grammar and accents of modern Scots and Scottish English, on the history of the lexicon and of lexicography, on Scottish place-names, and on the use of corpora for research into Scottish language. There are important synergies with the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies, and with School research into Scottish literature, e.g. through the Centre for Robert Burns Studies.

Major AHRC-/ESRC-funded projects are a feature of this cluster, e.g. the Scottish Toponymy in Transition project (in collaboration with Celtic and Gaelic); corpus projects such as the Corpus of Modern Scottish Writing (CMSW) and the Scottish Corpora of Texts and Speech (SCOTS); and Stability versus Change in a Shetland Dialect. New ventures include a pilot Historical Thesaurus of Scots, in collaboration with Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd and funded by an AHRC ‘big data’ award, and the ESRC-funded One Speaker, Two Dialects project.

New ventures include a pilot Historical Thesaurus of Scots, in collaboration with Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd and funded by an AHRC ‘big data’ award, the ESRC-funded One Speaker, Two Dialects project, and the AHRC-funded Scots Syntax Atlas (SCOSYA) project, which aims to map syntactic variation across dialects of Scots to address questions about the nature of variation and the theory of grammar.

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Associated staff:

 

Marc Alexander

Professor Marc Alexander

Professor of English Linguistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Semantics, Lexicology, Digital Humanities, Corpus Linguistics, Historical Thesaurus Of English, Stylistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Lexicography, Dictionaries, Thesauri, Metaphor, Pragmatics, Computational Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Legal Interpretation

Wendy Anderson

Professor Wendy Anderson

Professor of Linguistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Semantics, Metaphor, Conceptual Metaphor Theory, Corpus Linguistics, French Linguistics, Lexicography, Historical Thesaurus Of English, Discourse Analysis, Genre Analysis, Grammar Of English, Digital Humanities, Language And Culture

Rhona Brown

Dr Rhona Brown

Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Scottish Literature and the Periodical Press (Scottish Literature)

Research interests: Eighteenth-century Scottish literature and the periodical press

Carole Hough

Professor Carole Hough

Professor of Onomastics (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Onomastics, Place-Names, Personal Names, Old English, Anglo-Saxon Law, Dictionaries, Lexicography, Thesauri, Semantics, Cognitive Linguistics

Professor Pamela King

Professor of English Language and Linguistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: theatre, drama, festival, iconography, medievalism, manuscripts

Joanna Kopaczyk

Dr Joanna Kopaczyk

Senior Lecturer in Scots and English (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Scots;pragmatics;discourse;socio-historical linguistics;historical multilingualism;historical corpus linguistics;phraseology;legal language;formulaic language;written language

Pauline Mackay

Dr Pauline Mackay

Lecturer in Robert Burns Studies (Scottish Literature)

Research interests: Literature and Bawdry; Literature and Censorship; Publishing and Book History; Material Culture and the Commemoration of Literary Figures

Kirsteen McCue

Professor Kirsteen McCue

Professor of Scottish Literature and Song Culture (Scottish Literature)

Research interests: music and song

Dr Susan Rennie

Affiliate- English Language & Linguistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Alan Riach

Professor Alan Riach

Professor of Scottish Literature (Scottish Literature)

Research interests: Literature and the Visual Arts

Elizabeth Robertson

Professor Elizabeth Robertson

Professor of English Language (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Middle English Literature 1066-1550; gender and religion in medieval literature; Piers Plowman; Poetics and the new formalism; history of the Soul in literature; Medieval Cognition; History of the Senses and Emotions; Literary Theory

Jennifer Smith

Professor Jennifer Smith

Professor of Sociolinguistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Linguistics; sociolinguistics; dialect; syntax

Jeremy Smith

Professor Jeremy Smith

Professor of English Philology (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Old & Middle English Language & Literature, History of English & Scots, Historical Pragmatics, Book History

Rachel Smith

Dr Rachel Smith

Senior Lecturer in Phonetics and Speech Perception (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: phonetics, speech perception, experimental phonetics, accents, voices, synaesthesia, rhythm, sociophonetics

Jane Stuart-Smith

Professor Jane Stuart-Smith

Professor of Phonetics and Sociolinguistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Phonetics, Sociophonetics, Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Minority Ethnic Languages

Theo Van Heijnsbergen

Dr Theo Van Heijnsbergen

Lecturer in Scottish Medieval and Early Modern Literature (Scottish Literature)

Research interests: literature; drama; translation; travel writing; Robert the Bruce; Wallace; Gavin Douglas; romance; modern; novel; fantasy; eldritch; book history; manuscript transmission; court poetry; editing; chivalry; lyric; Alan Warner; A.L. Kennedy; Janice Galloway; Mary Queen of Scots;