AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship with Scottish Language Dictionaries
Protocols for the use of name evidence in lexicography: comparative analysis of onomastic and non-onomastic data for historical and contemporary Scots
Dictionaries have traditionally used written texts as sources of evidence. The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), like A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue and The Scottish National Dictionary, relied heavily on volunteer readers; present-day lexicographers have access to large text corpora, online archives and the internet. Corpora such as the Scottish Corpus of Texts & Speech, with a spoken component, also provide evidence of colloquial lexis for dictionaries of contemporary language. For historical dictionaries, this type of material is unavailable, but sources of non-literary data include personal names and place-names.
- A high quality Honours degree (2:1 or above) in English Language or a related discipline.
- A strong Masters degree (Merit or Distinction) in English Language or a related discipline.
- Demonstrable knowledge of at least two of the following: Lexicography, Onomastics, Scots.
- Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.
- A statement of no more than 1,000 words indicating what skills and experience you will bring to the project
- A current CV
- A transcript of qualifications to date (and anticipated results if you are still studying for your Masters)
- A writing sample (a full essay or Masters dissertation, up to 15,000 words)
- Two letters of recommendation
Interviews will be held on Thursday 23 July 2015