James Donaldson


2016-now Skills Centre Coordinator (PPLS Skills Centre, The University of Edinburgh)

  • works with project members, students, staff, and other stakeholders to develop learning material
  • trains and mentors a team of postgraduate tutors
  • creates, manages, and updates online resources
  • oversees appointment allocation system

2016-2018 Corpus Linguist (PLAEME, The University of Edinburgh)

  • corrected the parsing of a 172,624-word corpus of Early Middle English

2015-2020 Teaching Fellow (Centre for Open Learning, The University of Edinburgh)

  • developed and delivered courses: Linguistics, English Grammar, History of English, Sociolinguistics, and Psychology of Language

2013-2019 Postgraduate Tutor (School of PPLS, The University of Edinburgh)

  • tutored in Linguistics and English Language 1, Linguistics and English Language 2A, and Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • developed semester-long online training sessions
  • developed and delivered two guest lectures on syntax for LEL2A (Nov 2015)


2021 PhD in Linguistics and English Language, The University of Edinburgh

  • Control in Free Adjuncts: The “Dangling Modifier” in English (supervised by Prof Geoffrey K Pullum and Prof Nikolas Gisborne)

2013 MSc in English Language (distinction), The University of Edinburgh

  • On elliptical why-questions (supervised by Prof Geoffrey K Pullum)

2007 BAH in Classical Studies (distinction), University of Guelph


2013 College Research Studentship, The University of Edinburgh (PhD fees, living expenses, research stipend)

2013 Best PPLS Dissertation, The University of Edinburgh