Recent Submissions


    Pacchiarotti, Sara (University of Oregon, 2018-04-10)
    This dissertation first addresses various shortcomings in definitions of “applicative” when compared to what is actually found across languages. It then proposes a four-way distinction among applicative constructions, ...
  • A Grammar of Hakhun Tangsa 

    Boro, Krishna (University of Oregon, 2017-09-06)
    Hakhun Tangsa is one of around eighty ethnic and linguistic communities called Tangsa or Tangshang. Hakhuns live mostly in Arunachal Pradesh, India, and in Sagaing Division, Myanmar. The number of speakers is estimated at ...

    Shirtz, Shahar (University of Oregon, 2017-09-06)
    This is a study of processes of structural and functional diversification of the uses of three cognate verbs across the Indo-Iranian language family: “do/make”, “be/become”, and “give”. First, this study identifies over ...
  • Cross-modal reduction: Repetition of words and gestures 

    Vajrabhaya, Prakaiwan (University of Oregon, 2017-05-01)
    This dissertation examines speakers’ production of speech and representational gesture. It utilizes the Repetition Effect as the investigative tool. The Repetition Effect appears to vary by the tendency for some items to ...
  • The Grammar of Fear: Morphosyntactic Metaphor in Fear Constructions 

    Lakey, Holly (University of Oregon, 2016-10-27)
    This analysis explores the reflection of semantic features of emotion verbs that are metaphorized on the morphosyntactic level in constructions that express these emotions. This dissertation shows how the avoidance or ...
  • Supplement to A Grammar of Northern Mao (MÀWÉS AAS’È) 

    Ahland, Michael (University of Oregon, 2016-05)
  • A Grammar of Wampis 

    Peña, Jaime (University of Oregon, 2016-02-23)
    This dissertation constitutes the first attempt at describing the grammar of Wampis (Spanish: Huambisa), a language spoken in the Peruvian Amazon. Wampis belongs to the so-called Jivaroan family of languages and is closely ...
  • To HAVE and to BE: Function Word Reduction in Child Speech, Child Directed Speech and Inter-adult Speech 

    Barth, Danielle (University of Oregon, 2016-02-23)
    Function words are known to be shorter than content words. I investigate the function words BE and HAVE (with its content word homonym) and show that more reduction, operationalized as word shortening or contraction, is ...
  • First Language and Sociolinguistic Influences on the Sound Patterns of Indian English 

    Sirsa, Hema (University of Oregon, 2015-01-14)
    The current dissertation is a systematic study of variation in the English spoken in multilingual and multicultural India. Three experiments were conducted to investigate the influence of two native languages (Hindi and ...
  • Prosodic Realization of Focus in Second Language Speech: Effects of Language Experience 

    Chen, Ying (University of Oregon, 2014-10-17)
    Prosodic focus is phonetically realized by increasing duration, F0 and intensity on the focused constituents in a sentence. In some languages, there is a concomitant compression of F0 and intensity after the focused item, ...
  • A Grammar of Karbi 

    Konnerth, Linda (University of Oregon, 2014-06-17)
    Karbi is a Tibeto-Burman (TB) language spoken by half a million people in the Karbi Anglong district in Assam, Northeast India, and surrounding areas in the extended Brahmaputra Valley area. It is an agglutinating, verb-final ...
  • Predication in Rarómuri (Urique Tarahumara) 

    Valdez Jara, Yolanda (University of Oregon, 2014-06-17)
    The Rarómuri, or Urique Tarahumara (UT), language belongs to the Taracahitian sub-branch of the Uto-Aztecan family. There are five major linguistics variants called Tarahumara, all spoken in Chihuahua state in northern ...
  • The Role of Supralexical Prosodic Units in Speech Production: Evidence from the Distribution of Speech Errors 

    Choe, Wook Kyung (University of Oregon, 2014-06-17)
    The current dissertation represents one of the first systematic studies of the distribution of speech errors within supralexical prosodic units. Four experiments were conducted to gain insight into the specific role of ...
  • Supplement to A Grammar of Karbi 

    Konnerth, Linda (University of Oregon, 2014)
  • Topics in Ho Morphophonology and Morphosyntax 

    Pucilowski, Anna (University of Oregon, 2013-10-03)
    Ho, an under-documented North Munda language of India, is known for its complex verb forms. This dissertation focuses on analysis of several features of those complex verbs, using data from original fieldwork undertaken ...
  • A Grammar of Bih 

    Nguyen, Tam (University of Oregon, 2013-07-11)
    Bih is a Chamic (Austronesian) language spoken by approximately 500 people in the Southern highlands of Vietnam. This dissertation is the first descriptive grammar of the language, based on extensive fieldwork and ...
  • A Semantic Map Approach to English Articles (a, the, and Ø) 

    Butler, Brian (University of Oregon, 2013-07-11)
    The three structural possibilities marking a noun with an English article are a, the, and Ø (the absence of an article). Although these structural possibilities are simple, they encode a multitude of semantic and pragmatic ...
  • A Grammar of Northern and Southern Gumuz 

    Ahland, Colleen (University of Oregon, 2012)
    Gumuz is a Nilo-Saharan dialect cluster spoken in the river valleys of northwestern Ethiopia and the southeastern part of the Republic of the Sudan. There are approximately 200,000 speakers, the majority of which reside ...
  • Wántwint Inmí Tiináwit: A Reflection of What I Have Learned 

    Beavert, Virginia (University of Oregon, 2012)
    I do two things in my dissertation. One is to tell the history of academic research on my language from the perspective of a Native person who has been involved in this work as an assistant to non-Native researchers. The ...
  • An Investigation of Various Linguistic Changes in Chinese and Naxi 

    Lu, Jung-yao (University of Oregon, 2012)
    This dissertation investigates the diachronic development of Chinese and Naxi, focusing particularly upon six linguistic puzzles that are likely to be associated with the various linguistic changes in most areas of the ...

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