• An acoustic analysis of Burmese tone 

      Kelly, Niamh Eileen (2012-12)
      This paper examines the acoustic characteristics that differentiate the four tones of Burmese: high, low, creaky and stopped. The majority of previous work on Burmese tone is impressionistic but recently has become ...
    • The acquisition of split-ergativity in Kurmanji Kurdish 

      Mahalingappa, Laura Jahnavi (2009-12)
      Previous research about the acquisition of the case-marking systems of ergative languages suggests that children acquire ergative and accusative languages equally easily (Van Valin 1992), depending on the degree to which ...
    • Adverbs and phrase structure in Iquito 

      Hansen, Cynthia Irene Anderson (2006-05)
      This thesis explores adverb distribution in Iquito, a Zaparoan language spoken byapproximately 25 people in the northern Amazon Basin of Peru. The syntactic distributions of Iquito adverbs correspond to four semantic ...
    • The agent-focus construction in Ixil Maya : a descriptive/formal analysis 

      Blunk, William B. (2008-05)
      This Master’s report describes the Agent Focus construction in Ixil Mayan discourse and proposes a bi-clausal analysis that is discussed within the framework of Lexical Functional Grammar (Bresnan, 2001; Dalrymple, 2001). ...
    • An acoustic analysis of pharyngeal and emphatic consonants in Iraqi Arabic 

      Faircloth, Laura Rose; 0000-0001-5793-8997 (2017-12-06)
      Emphatic consonants in Arabic are coronal obstruents with a secondary articulation. The exact place of the secondary constriction is debated, though these consonants are often said to be pharyngealized. The emphatic ...
    • An investigation of projection and temporal reference in Kaqchikel 

      Stout, Tammi Leann; 0000-0002-5076-0070 (2017-08-11)
      This dissertation is an investigation of two categories of meaning: projective content and temporal reference. Both topics have been discussed widely in literature for better studied languages, primarily English, but have ...
    • Argument structure and the typology of causatives in Kinyarwanda : explaining the causative-instrumental syncretism 

      Jerro, Kyle Joseph (2013-12)
      In the Bantu language Kinyarwanda, the morpheme –ish can be used to mark both causation and the instrumental applicative. This report pro- poses an explanation for this causative-instrumental syncretism, arguing that both ...
    • Aspect and modality in Biblical Hebrew 

      Bae, Yunjung (2009-05)
      This thesis attempts to provide an encompassing account for the centuries-old question concerning how aspect and modality are grammaticalized in the verbal system in Biblical Hebrew. To this end, the semantics of the three ...
    • Aspect and tense in Rukai : interpretation and interaction 

      Chen, Cheng-Fu (2008-12)
      This thesis researches on aspect and tense in Rukai by focusing on their interpretation and interaction. The issues center on two component parts: the association between morphology and eventuality/situation type, and that ...
    • Aspects of phonology and morphology of Teotepec eastern Chatino 

      McIntosh, Justin Daniel (2015-05)
      This dissertation is a description of aspects of the phonetics, phonology and morphology of Teotepec Chatino (ISO 639-3 identifier: cya; here abbreviated as TEO), an indigenous language spoken by approximately 3800 people ...
    • Aspects of the phonology and morphology of Zenzontepec Chatino, a Zapotecan language of Oaxaca, Mexico 

      Campbell, Eric William (2014-08)
      This dissertation is an analysis of aspects of the phonology and morphology of Zenzontepec Chatino (ISO 639-3: czn), a Zapotecan (Otomanguean) language spoken in a remote area of Oaxaca, Mexico (16°32"N, 97°30"W). There ...
    • Audience design and code-switching in Bayside, Texas 

      Dahl, Kimberly Lynn (2009-12)
      This study casts the code-switching patterns observed among Spanish-English bilinguals in Bayside, Texas within the framework of Bell’s (1984) theory of audience design, which is claimed to apply to both monolingual ...
    • Auxiliary selection and the typical properties of subjects 

      Gaylord, Nicholas L. (2007-12)
      I present a semantic analysis of two types of auxiliary selection patterns. Italian, Dutch, French, and Old Japanese have a pattern in which auxiliary selection is conditioned by verb class, and there is also a pattern ...
    • Betaza Zapotec phonology : segmental and suprasegmental features 

      Teodocio Olivares, Amador (2009-08)
      This report analyzes the phonology of Betaza Zapotec, a language within the linguistic family of the Otomanguean languages of Mesoamerica that is spoken in northern Oaxaca, Mexico. The first part of this report describes ...
    • Bias in questions 

      Reese, Brian Jon, 1973- (2007)
      This dissertation investigates three interrogative sentence types that are each associated with a particular speaker bias. In asking one of these questions, the speaker invariably conveys a prior expectation, or belief, ...
    • The biradical origin of semitic roots 

      Hecker, Bernice Varjick, 1935- (2007-05)
      Many scholars who have worked on reconstructing Proto-Semitic postulate that the original forms of the Semitic roots consisted of three radicals, with the occurrence of the infrequent biradical and quadriradical roots ...
    • Breathy consonants and the spectral tilt 

      Rao, Gayatree Nandan (2006-05)
      Marathi systematically uses breathy versus modal phonation to distinguish consonants that vary manner and place. Previous studies on spectral tilt have only analyzed breathy stops and vowels. The current study analyzed ...
    • Can We Dissociate Contingency Learning from Social Learning in Word Acquisition by 24-Month-Olds? 

      Bannard, Colin; Tomasello, Michael (Public Library of Science, 2012-11-21)
      We compared 24-month-old children’s learning when their exposure to words came either in an interactive (coupled) context or in a nonsocial (decoupled) context. We measured the children’s learning with two different methods: ...
    • Case and argument structure in Korean and English 

      Chʻoe, In-chʻŏl, 1966- (2003-08)
      This dissertation examines how lexical semantic properties of predicates surface in syntactic structures. Using the theoretical perspective of Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG), I address the specific issues ...
    • Case marker use and loss in Korean immigrant students 

      Cho, Youngok, 1975- (2007-11)
      In this thesis, I examined the first language attrition of Korean immigrant children who have been in public school in the U.S.A for more than two years. Based on the diaries of 10 Korean bilinguals and monolinguals, this ...