Publications and Presentations


Millar, R.M. & Leslie, D. ‘The Dialects of Scots. Language, place and people in Scotland and Ulster’. Edinburgh University Press. (Contracted and in progress).

2022 – ‘Fisher, Farmer, Teuchter, Chav: Hyperlocal Perceptions of North East Scottish Speech’. The languages of Scotland and Ulster in a global context, past and present. Selected papers from the FRLSU conference, Munich. 2021 (under revision)

2021 – ‘What’s in a name? The prevalence of the ‘Doric’ label in the North East of Scotland‘. Scottish Language. Volume 40. Click to read.


2022 – Macleod, M. & Leslie, D. ‘The Research Needs of the UK’s Indigenous Languages’ (A report for the AHRC as part of their Future of Languages Research project)

PhD thesis:

2020. – ‘Perceptions of North East Scottish Speech’. University of Aberdeen (unpublished PhD thesis). Click to read.

Conference presentations:

October 2021 –  Forum for Research on the Languages of Scotland and Ulster (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich). ‘Fisher, Farmer, Teuchter, Chav: Hyperlocal Perceptions of North East Scottish Speech’.

September 2021  –   U.K. Language Variation and Change 13 (University of Glasgow) – “Kids nowadays don’t speak Doric”: using perceptions of language to chart linguistic change

September 2019  –   U.K. Language Variation and Change 12 (Queen Mary University of London) – ‘Perceptions of North East Scottish Speech: a perceptual dialectological study of intra-regional language attitudes.’ (poster presentation)

July 2019  –   14th Lancaster University International Postgraduate Conference inLinguistics and Language Teaching – ‘Perceptions of North East Speech: macro- versus micro-regional identity.’

June 2019  –  International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) Postgraduate Summer School: The Present and Past in Dialogue – ‘Changing perceptions of speech in the North East of Scotland.’

June 2019  –   Sheffield Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics: Linguistic Variation and Identity – ‘Perceptions of North East Scottish Speech: cross-generational shift in the construction of intra-regional language attitudes.’ 

March 2019 –  Language and Identity: Intersections between Linguistics, Ethnology and Translation (University of Aberdeen) – Co-organiser and co-host. Also presented paper: ‘Perceptions of North East Speech: a study of intraregional language attitudes’.

November 2016   –   2016 University of Aberdeen Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics – ‘Gathering Perceptions of Language: Methodology.’

Invited talks/plenaries/panels:

April 2021 – ULAB21 – Plenary speaker – ‘Our dialect is different’: Mixing methods to gather perceptions of language variation and change. 

February 2021 –  The Centre for Linguistic Research (University of Aberdeen) – ‘Language regard in the North East of Scotland: when perceptions challenge notions of solidarity and status’

December 2020 – University of Lancaster Socio/phonetics Research Group – We are Doric: Investigating perceptions of language in the North East of Scotland’

October 2020 – The Wee Gaitherin – ‘Fa/Fit/Fitwye?’ panel member (event organised by Hands up for Trad)

January 2020  –   Scots@Ed 2020 – ‘In Search of ‘The Doric’ – investigating perceptions of North-East speech from the inside.’

Also attended:

June 2019   –  Scottish Syntax Atlas (SCOSYA) Data Hack (University Of Glasgow)

April 2019   –  Colloquium – Scots Words and Phrases in the Contemporary World: Back to the Future (University of Edinburgh)