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Theses/Dissertations

Since 1999, most theses and dissertations submitted by graduate students at the university are published online in the UGA Electronic Theses and Dissertations Database (ETD). This page is a list of recent theses and dissertations produced by graduates of the University of Georgia M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Linguistics, with a link to the UGA ETD page for the pdf file.

2020

2019

Dissertations

Douglas C. Merchant. Ph.D., 2019.
Idioms at the interface(s): towards a psycholinguistically grounded model of sentence generation
Committee Chair: Timothy Gupton

 

Theses

Aidan Oliver Cheney-Lynch. M.A., 2019.
Studies in feminine derivation in Vedic
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

 

Conni Diane Covington. M.A., 2019.
Frequency and the German(ic) verb: a historical sociolinguistic study of class VII
Committee Chair: Joshua Bousquette

 

William James Lackey III. M.A., 2019.
Denasalization in early austronesian
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

 

Kelly Wade Petronis. M.A., 2019.
Finding the game: a conversation analysis of laughables and play frames in comedic improv
Committee Chair: Ruth Harman

2018

Dissertations

Mohammad Fahad Aljutaily. Ph.D. 2018.
The influence of linguistic and non-linguistic factors on the variation of Arabic marked consonants in the speech of Gulf Pidgin Arabic : acoustic analysis
Committee Chair: Lewis (Chad) Howe

 

Sofia Alexandrovna Ivanova. Ph.D. 2018.
Cue weighting in the acquisition of four American English vowel contrasts by native speakers of Russian
Committee Chairs: Victoria Hasko and Keith Langston

 

Elisabeth Wood Anderson Lacross. Ph.D. 2018.
Variation in future temporal reference in southern France
Committee Chair: Diana Ranson

 

Sandra McGury. Ph.D. 2018.
Passives are tough to analyze
Committee Chair: Vera Lee-Schoenfeld

 

Amanda Nicole Walls. Ph.D. 2018.
Israel's Pagan Passover
Committee Chair: Richard Friedman

 

Theses

Alexander Ankirskiy. M.A. 2018.
Investigating the potential for merger of Icelandic 'flámæli' vowel pairs through functional load
Committee Chair: Margaret Renwick

 

Ryan Michael Dekker. M.A. 2018.
Income effects on speech community: : Oconee County within northeastern Georgia
Committee Chair: Lewis (Chad) Howe

 

Nicole Elizabeth Dreier. M.A. 2018.
Gender in Proto-Indo-European and the feminine morphemes
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

 

Melissa Ann Gomes. M.A. 2018.
A Holistic Analysis of Get Constructions
Committee Chair: Vera Lee-Schoenfeld

 

Jason D Hagler. M.A. 2018.
Call of qatullu: towards an understanding of the semantic role of terminal root consonant reduplication in the Semitic languages
Committee Chair: Baruch Halpern

2017

Theses

Joshua Robert Hummel. M.A. 2017.
Conflict's connotation: a study of protest and riot in contemporary news media
Committee Chair: Lewis (Chad) Howe

 

Madeline Asher Jones. M.A. 2017.
The impact of EFL teacher motivational strategies on student motivation to learn english in Costa Rica
Committee Chair: Vera Lee-Schoenfeld

 

Mariah Lillian Copeland Parker. M.A. 2017.
Flippin' the script, joustin' from the mouth: a systemic functional linguistic approach to hip hop discourse
Committee Chair: Ruth Harman

 

Christa August Rampley. M.A. 2017.
Ratchet: an etymological origin & social dispersion theory
Committee Chair: Lewis (Chad) Howe

 

Joseph Thomas Rhyne. M.A. 2017.
Quantifying the comparative method: applying computational approaches to the Balto-Slavic question
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

2016

Dissertations

Wei Chen. Ph.D. 2016.
The impact of environmental factors on the production of english narratives by Spanish-English bilingual children
Committee Chair: Liang Chen

 

Richard Moses Katz Jr. Ph.D. 2016.
The resultative in Gothic
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

 

Martin Jakub Macak. Ph.D. 2016.
Studies in classical and modern Armenian phonology 
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

 

Judith Allen Oliver. Ph.D. 2016.
When fingerspelling throws a curveball
Committee Chair: William Kretzschmar

 

Andrew Michael Paczkowski. Ph.D. 2016.
Toward a new method for analyzing syntax in poetry: discriminating grammatical patterns in the Rigveda
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

 

Jennimaria Kristiina Palomaki. Ph.D. 2016.
The pragmatics and syntax of the Finnish -han particle clitic
Committee Chair: Vera Lee-Schoenfeld

 

Theses

Calvin Ferst. M.A. 2016.
Walhalla: language shift in the garden of the gods
Committee Chair: Joshua Bousquette

 

Maisy Elizabeth French. M.A. 2016.
When orthography and phonology collide: an examination of the effect of orthography on the phonetic production of homophones
Committee Chair: Margaret Renwick

 

Karen Elizabeth Sesterhenn. M.A. 2016.
An overview of the phenomenon of doublets in English
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

2015

Dissertations

Steven Slone Coats. Ph.D. 2015.
Finland Twitter English: lexical, grammatical, and geographical properties
Committee Chair: William Kretzschmar

 

Xiangyu Jiang. Ph.D. 2015.
Ultimate attainment in the production of narratives by Chinese-English bilinguals
Committee Chair: Liang Chen

 

Rachel Virginia Nabulsi. Ph.D. 2015.
Burial practices, funerary texts, and the treatment of death in Iron Age Israel and Aram
Committee Chair: Richard Friedman

 

Tomoe Nishio. Ph.D. 2015.
Negotiating contradictions in a Japanese-American telecollaboration: an activity theory analysis of online intercultural exchange
Committee Chair: Linda Harklau

 

Xiaodong Zhang. Ph.D. 2015.
A discourse approach to teachers? beliefs and textbook use: a case study of a Chinese college EFL classroom
Committee Chair: Ruth Harman

 

Theses

Michael Reid Ariail. M.A. 2015.
Language and dialectal variation in request structures: an analysis of Costa Rican Spanish and southern American English
Committee Chair: Sarah Blackwell

 

Eleanor Detreville. M.A. 2015.
An overview of Latin morphological calques on Greek technical terms: formation and success
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

 

Luke Madison Smith. M.A. 2015.
External possession and the undisentanglability of syntax and semantics
Committee Chair: Vera Lee-Schoenfeld

2014

Dissertations

Scott Lee. Ph.D. 2014.
The phonetics of intonation in learner varieties of French
Committee Chair: Keith Langston

 

Theses

Laura Brewer. M.A. 2014.
Cognitive connections between linguistic and musical syntax: an optimality theoretic approach
Committee Chair: Keith Langston

 

Courtney Ann Macer. M.A. 2014.
Relearning heritage language phonology
Committee Chair: Margaret Renwick

 

Tiffany Strickland. M.A. 2014.
Eat their words: a corpus-based analysis of grocery store discourse
Committee Chair: Jonathan Evans

 

Julia Catherine Patterson Sturm. M.A. 2014.
Idiomatization of preverb + verb compounds in the ?g Veda
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

2013

Dissertations

Kenneth Jeffrey Knight. Ph.D. 2013.
L1 English vocalic transfer in L2 Japanese
Committee Chair: Don McCreary

 

Heather Lee Mello. Ph.D. 2013.
Analysis of language variation and word segmentation for a corpus of Vietnamese blogs: a sociolinguistic approach
Committee Chair: William Kretzschmar

 

Hugo Enrique Mendez. Ph.D. 2013.
Canticles in translation: the treatment of poetic language in the Greek, Gothic, Classical Armenian, and Old Church Slavonic gospels
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

 

Theses

Nicole Elizabeth Siffrinn. M.A. 2013.
Using appraisal analysis to map value systems in high-stakes writing rubrics
Committee Chair: Ruth Harman

2012

Dissertations

Mark Raymund Wenthe. Ph.D. 2012.
Issues in the placement of enclitic personal pronouns in the Rigveda
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

 

Theses

Ellen Marie Ayres. M.A. 2012.
Influences on gender agreement in adjectives among adult learners of Spanish
Committee Chair: Don McCreary

 

Marcus Paul Berger. M.A. 2012.
Parallel hierarchies: a minimalist analysis of nominals and gerunds
Committee Chair: Vera Lee-Schoenfeld

 

Kelly Patricia Dugan. M.A. 2012.
A generative approach to homeric enjambment: benefits and drawbacks
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

 

Kristen Marie Fredriksen. M.A. 2012.
Constraints on perfect auxiliary contraction: evidence from spoken American English
Committee Chair: Lewis (Chad) Howe

 

Anastasia Nikolaevna Sorokina. M.A. 2012.
The dynamics of bilingual mental lexcon: the effects of partical conceptual equivalence on acquisition of Russian as an L2
Committee Chair: Victoria Hasko

 

Allison Rebecca Wachter. M.A. 2012.
Semantic prosody and intensifier variation in academic speech
Committee Chair: Lewis (Chad) Howe

 

Sam Zukoff. M.A. 2012.
The phonology of verbal reduplication in Ancient Greek: an Optimality Theory approach
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

2011

Dissertations

Radia Benzehra. Ph.D. 2011.
Arabic-English/ English-Arabic lexicography: a critical perspective
Committee Chair: Don McCreary

 

Satomi Suzuki Chenoweth. Ph.D. 2011.
Novice language learners? Off-screen verbal and nonverbal behaviors during university synchronous Japanese virtual education
Committee Chairs: Kathryn Roulston & Linda Harklau

 

Willie Udo Willie. Ph.D. 2011.
Lexical aspect and lexical saliency in acquisition of past tense-aspect morphology among Ibibio ESL learners
Committee Chair: Lioba Moshi

 

Theses

Renee Lorraine Kemp. M.A. 2011.
The perception of German dorsal fricatives by native speakers of English
Committee Chair: Keith Langston

 

Erin Beltran Mitchelson. M.A. 2011.
Implicature use in L2
Committee Chair: Don McCreary

 

Justin Victor Sperlein. M.A. 2011.
A Phonetic Summarizer for Sociolinguists: concordancing by phonetic criteria
Committee Chair: William Kretzschmar

2010

Dissertations

Garrison E. Bickerstaff Jr. Ph.D. 2010.
Construction and application of Bounded Virtual Corpora of British and American English
Committee Chair: William Kretzschmar

 

Paulina Bounds. Ph.D. 2010.
Perception versus production of Polish speech: Pozna?
Committee Chair: William Kretzschmar

 

Alberto Centeno-Pulido. Ph.D. 2010.
Reconciling generativist and functionalist approaches on adjectival position in Spanish
Committee Chair: Sarah Blackwell

 

Janay Crabtree. Ph.D. 2010.
Roads and paths in adaptation to non-native speech and implications for second language acquisition
Committee Chair: Don McCreary

 

Jeff Kilpatrick. Ph.D. 2010.
The development of Latin post-tonic /Cr/ clusters in select Northern Italian dialects
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

 

Joseph Allen Pennington. Ph.D. 2010.
A study of purpose, result, and casual hypotaxis in early Indo-European gospel versions
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

 

Theses

Aram Cho. M.A. 2010.
Influence of L1 on L2 learners of Korean: a perception test on Korean vowels and stop consonants
Committee Chair: Don McCreary

 

Frances Rankin Gray. M.A. 2010.
It's like 120 milliseconds: a search for grammaticalization in the duration of like in five functions
Committee Chair: Don McCreary

 

Magdalene Sophia Jacobs. M.A. 2010.
The decline of the French passe simple: a variationist analysis of the passÉ simple and passe compose in selected texts from the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries
Committee Chair: Diana Ranson

 

Nathan Loggins. M.A. 2010.
Mandarin loanword phonology: a case study of three English mid vowels
Committee Chair: Keith Langston

 

Caley Charles Smith. M.A. 2010.
The development of final [asterisk]/-as/ in Pre-Vedic
Committee Chair: Jared Klein

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