Dr Dawn Leslie

Dr Dawn Leslie
Dr Dawn Leslie
Dr Dawn Leslie

MA (Hons), MLitt, PGDE, PhD


Accepting PhDs

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School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture


I graduated with an MA in English-Language & Linguistics (2009, University of Aberdeen), and a further MLitt in Sociolinguistics (2010, University of Aberdeen), before completing my Ph.D. in Linguistics (University of Aberdeen) in 2020 following some time away from academia (spent in the eLearning and secondary education sectors).

I am now a Lecturer in Language & Linguistics and I am currently Undergraduate Programme Coordinator for the Language & Linguistics degree programme. My main research interests are centred on perceptual dialectology, sociolinguistics, and Scots language issues (with a special interest in North-East Scots/'Doric’). I also have a wider research interest in minority language issues and the challenges faced by speaker communities of marginalised varieties. 


  • MA English-Language & Linguistics 
    2009 - University of Aberdeen 
  • MLitt Sociolinguistics 
    2010 - University of Aberdeen 
  • PGDE (Secondary) English 
    2013 - University of Aberdeen 
  • Ph.D Linguistics 
    2020 - University of Aberdeen 

    Thesis title: Perceptions of North East Scottish Speech

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Research Overview

My recent research has been focused on the North East of Scotland, examining perceptions of local speech using methods associated with perceptual dialectology.

In addition to my own research, I have recently been working as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to Prof. Michelle Macleod on the AHRC ‘Future of Languages Research’ project

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Linguistics.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Research Specialisms

  • Linguistics
  • Scots Language
  • Sociolinguistics

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.




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