Having completed my MA and MLitt here at Glasgow, I am currently working on a thesis funded by a Carnegie-Caledonian scholarship focusing on personal names in place-names. Studying here allows me to participate in a research environment of excellent quality, making it possible to further develop the skills necessary to complete my thesis. During my time here I have also had the opportunity to study Early Gaelic, Old Norse, Middle Welsh, Old English and modern Gaelic – an endeavor which has contributed significantly to my research.
My thesis aims to investigate the social and linguistic context of personal names found in the place-names of the Western Isles of Scotland, paying particular attention to the interaction between Gaelic and Norse as well as feminine personal names. In the wider context of onomastics, this also includes investigating the methodology of studying personal names in Scottish place-names, particularly by using cognitive linguistics.