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    • The concept of intentional action in the grammar of Kathmandu Newari 

      Hargreaves, David J., 1955- (University of Oregon, 1991-08)
      This study describes the relationship between the concept of intentional action and the grammatical organization of the clause in Kathmandu Newari, a Tibeto-Burman language spoken primarily in the Kathmandu valley of ...
    • An Initial Reconstruction of Proto-Boro-Garo 

      Wood, Daniel Cody (University of Oregon, 2008-12)
      This study attempts to reconstruct Proto-Boro-Garo (PBG), the ancient language from which the modern Boro-Garo (BG) family evolved. BG is a largely underdocumented sub-branch of Tibeto-Burman that is spoken primarily in ...
    • Reanalysis of Serial Verb Constructions in Yimas, a Sepik-Ramu Language of Papua New Guinea 

      Mathieu-Reeves, Danielle Gilberte, 1984- (University of Oregon, 2009-06)
      Yimas, a Nor-Pondo language of the Lower Sepik-Ramu in Papua New Guinea, has two causative constructions and one attemptive construction that appear to have developed historically from a particular kind of serial verb ...
    • Event construal and its linguistic encoding: Towards an Extended Semantic Map model 

      Kim, Yongtaek, 1968- (University of Oregon, 2009-09)
      This dissertation investigates constructional alternation among the English verb- at , verb- away-at , and verb- away constructions. The primary purpose is to lay a fundamental conceptual framework on the interrelation ...
    • The Nominalizing Prefix *gV- in Tibeto-Burman 

      Konnerth, Linda Anna, 1985- (University of Oregon, 2009-09)
      Nominalization and its various functions is a topic of considerable current interest in Tibeto-Burman (TB) studies and has both typological and historical implications. This thesis documents and discusses data of ...
    • Information Structure of Clefts in Spoken English 

      Piotrowski, Jennifer A. (University of Oregon, 2009-09)
      Towards a more complete description of cleft constructions, this thesis comprises an investigation of the prosody, syntax, and information structure of IT clefts, REVERSE WH clefts, and existential THERE clefts in Spoken ...
    • Clear speech production and perception of Korean stops and the sound change in Korean stops 

      Kang, Kyoung-Ho (University of Oregon, 2009-09)
      The current dissertation investigated clear speech production of Korean stops to examine the proposal that the phonetic targets of phonological categories are more closely approximated in hyperarticulated speech. The ...
    • A Historical Reconstruction of the Peba-Yaguan Linguistic Family 

      Pena, Jaime G. (University of Oregon, 2009-09)
      In this thesis, a reconstruction of Proto-Peba-Yagua is attempted using the comparative method. Peba-Yagua had three members in the past: Yagua, Peba and Yameo. Yagua is the only extant member of the family. Information ...
    • A grammar of Yakima Ichishkiin/Sahaptin 

      Jansen, Joana Worth (University of Oregon, 2010-06)
      Yakima Ichishkíin/Sahaptin is spoken in the Yakama Nation, located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States in what is now south central Washington State. The Ichishkíin and Nez Perce languages comprise the Sahaptian ...
    • Speech community-based documentation, description, and revitalization: Kari'nja in Konomerume 

      Yamada, Racquel-Maria, 1967- (University of Oregon, 2010-09)
      Since 2005, I have been working with members of the Kari'nja community of Konomerume, Suriname to document, describe, preserve, and revitalize their heritage language, the Aretyry dialect of Kari'nja (Cariban family). ...
    • A grammar of Kokama-Kokamilla 

      Vallejos Yopán, Rosa, 1971- (University of Oregon, 2010-12)
      This dissertation is a comprehensive grammar of Kokama-Kokamilla (KK), as spoken by about 1000 elders in the Peruvian Amazon. It presents detailed documentation of the structures of the language and the functions they ...
    • A grammar of Kurtop 

      Hyslop, Gwendolyn, 1976- (University of Oregon, 2011-03)
      Kurtop is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken by approximately 15,000 people in Northeastern Bhutan. This dissertation is the first descriptive grammar of the language, based on extensive fieldwork and community-driven language ...
    • Space: Movement and Location in Wintu 

      Cramond, Paige Marie, 1983- (University of Oregon, 2011-06)
      Wintu is a moribund Penutian language once spoken in the Sacramento River Valley in Northern California. Presently unexplored is Wintu expression of movement and location. Several avenues exist for nouns and verbs. Nouns ...
    • Cross-Linguistic Perception and Learning of Japanese Lexical Prosody by English Listeners 

      Shport, Irina A., 1975- (University of Oregon, 2011-09)
      The focus of this dissertation is on how language experience shapes perception of a non-native prosodic contrast. In Tokyo Japanese, fundamental frequency (F0) peak and fall are acoustic cues to lexically contrastive pitch ...
    • The Effect of Age of Acquisition and Second-Language Experience on Segments and Prosody: A Cross-Sectional Study of Korean Bilinguals' English and Korean Production 

      Oh, Grace Eunhae, 1980- (University of Oregon, 2011-09)
      The current dissertation investigated segmental and prosodic aspects of first- (L1) and second-language (L2) speech production. Forty Korean-speaking adults and children varying in L2 experience (6 months-inexperienced vs. ...
    • A GRAMMAR OF NORTHERN MAO (MÀWÉS AAS’È) 

      Ahland, Michael (University of Oregon, 2012)
      Northern Mao is an endangered Afroasiatic-Omotic language of western Ethiopia with fewer than 5,000 speakers. This study is a comprehensive grammar of the language, written from a functional/typological perspective which ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • A Reassessment of the Genetic Classification of Miluk Coos 

      Doty, Christopher (University of Oregon, 2012)
      This work presents the first in-depth analysis of Miluk Coos, a language previously spoken on the southern Oregon Coast. Miluk is normally classified as a member of the Oregon Coast Penutian group, a sub-branch of the ...