Dr Elspeth Edelstein

Dr Elspeth Edelstein
Dr Elspeth Edelstein

Dr Elspeth Edelstein

BA (Hons), PhD

Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs



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 became a Lecturer in Linguistics at Aberdeen 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 work as well 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 discussion). I also have a strong personal interest in first language acquisition.

My book English Syntax: A Minimalist Account of Structure and Variation is now available from Edinburgh University Press.


Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Linguistics.

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Research Specialisms

  • Linguistics
  • English Language

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.


Teaching Responsibilities

In the 2021–2022 academic year I will be coordinator for the courses listed above.

Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

I am Undergraduate Programme Coordinator for Language & Linguistics. I am also a personal tutor in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture.


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