Dr ELSPETH EDELSTEIN

Dr ELSPETH EDELSTEIN
BA (Hons), PhD

Lecturer

Overview
Dr ELSPETH EDELSTEIN
Dr ELSPETH EDELSTEIN

Contact Details

Telephone
work +44 (0)1224 272677
Email
Address
The University of Aberdeen A39 Taylor Building
Web Links

https://elspeth.youcanbook.me (Book a slot to meet me)


Biography

I received a B.A. with First Class Honours in Linguistics from McGill University in 2007, and completed a Ph.D in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. Having done various teaching at Edinburgh and Aberdeen during my time as a postgraduate and after, I began my current position as a Lecturer in Linguistics in autumn 2013.

I do research in theoretical syntax; my doctoral dissertation looked at restrictions on the syntactic distribution of adverbs, and I won the Richard M. Hogg Prize in 2013 for a paper on this topic. I have also done work on morphosyntactic variation, which speaks to the importance of using evidence from ‘Non-Standard’ linguistic varieties to enrich our understanding of syntactic structure. To this effect, I published a chapter on constructions such as The car needs washed, used in Scotland and the American Midlands, in 2014. More recently I have been collaborating with colleagues in Computing Science on optimising Internet-based collection of grammaticality judgments (see here and here for some initial discussion). I also have a strong personal interest in first language acquisition.

My first book, English Syntax: A Minimalist Account of Structure and Variation, is due to be published by Edinburgh University Press in February 2020.

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

I am currently on leave, and will not be teaching in the 2019–2020 academic year.

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