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Dr Rhona Alcorn

Chancellor's Fellow - Lecturer

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Phone: 0131 650 6660

Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Current Fellowship
Chancellor's Fellowship

Education / Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Pronouns, prepositions and probabilities: A multivariate study of Old English word order
Master of Science, University of Edinburgh
The distribution of pronominal objects of prepositions in Old English: An empirical study of the significance of grammatical person

Research Interests

History of English & Scots; relationship between written & spoken language; historical dialectology; digital humanities

Visiting and Research Positions

2017-present: Principal Investigator, Towards an Inventory of Middle English Spelling Systems, University of Edinburgh [BA/Leverhulme-funded]

2016-present: Co-Investigator, A Parsed Linguistic Atlas of Early Middle English, University of Edinburgh [BA/Leverhulme-funded, with Rob Truswell (PI)]

2014-present: Co-Investigator, From Inglis to Scots: Mapping Sounds to Spellings, University of Edinburgh [AHRC-funded, with Bettelou Los (PI) & Warren Maguire(Co-I)]

2013-present: Chancellor's Fellow, Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Edinburgh

2011-2013: Research Assistant, A Corpus of Narrative Etymologies from Primitive Old English to Early Middle English, Institute for Historical Dialectology

Teaching

From 2016: History of Scots (Honours)

From 2015: Middle English (Honours; with Linda van Bergen)

2012-2016: Morphology (Prehonours)

Administrative Roles

From 2016: History of Scots (Honours) course organiser

2015-2016: Middle English (Honours) course organiser

2013-present: Depute Director, Secretary and Treasurer, Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics

2011-2017: Organiser, English Language Research Group, University of Edinburgh 

2011-2017: Co-organiser, Linguistic Circle colloquium series, University of Edinburgh 

 

Peer Review

Funding bodies: AHRC, Leverhulme Trust

Journals: English Language and Linguistics, Folia Linguistica Historica, Journal of English Linguistics

Project advisory boards: Gersum project (AHRC-funded; PI Richard Dance)

Conferences

International Conference on Historical English Linguistics (ICEHL), AMC Symposium, Forum for Research on the Languages of Scotland & Ulster (FRLSU),Edinburgh Symposium on Historical Phonology (ESHP), Symposium on Historical English Syntax (SHES)

Workshops

Diachronic Phonotacics (2017, Vienna), Textual Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (2015, Oxford), The New Historical Linguistics and the World of Annotated Corpora (Campinas, Brazil, 2015)

 

Websites

Highlighted research outputs

  1. The emergence of Scots: Clues from Germanic *a reflexes

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  2. Tracing L-­vocalisation in early Scots

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Highlighted research activities & awards

  1. Diachronic Phonotactics Workshop 2017

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. Scots@ed

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in conference

  3. 19th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in conference

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