Comps, honors papers, and prize-winning works of the Linguistics Department are featured here. All works have been self-submitted by the student authors. Descriptive information about each work is available to search or browse. Access to the full text of the works is limited to current Carleton affiliates with faculty permission. Learn more about how to submit your work and how to request access to the full text of works.


Submissions from 2023

Juliana Bachulis, Linguistics (LING) 2023, Phonological Approximation in Computer-Mediated Communication: Governance of Deletion and Lengthening in SMS

Lee Camp, Linguistics (LING) 2023, Breaking the Binary: Evaluating Gender Inclusivity in Neural Coreference Algorithms

Sophia Chuen, Linguistics (LING) 2023, The Role of Affect and Social Bias in Perception and Language Attitudes towards Chinese-accented English

Grace Farwell, Linguistics (LING) 2023, Third Language Acquisition: Investigating the Roles of L2 Proficiency, The Typological Primacy Model, and the L2 Status Factor Model on German Vowel Perception in L1 English, L2 French Individuals

McKenzie Henson, Linguistics (LING) 2023, Breaking Down the Distinction Between Noun Incorporation and Pseudo Noun Incorporation: An Examination of Ket

Gabriela Lazo, Linguistics (LING) 2023, Baby (Not Quite) Sign Language: A Comparative Analysis of ASL and Baby Sign Language Complexity and Ideologies

Tate Russell, Linguistics (LING) 2023, Null In Void: Can null resumptive pronouns fill L2 island gaps?

Lauren Witmer, Linguistics (LING) 2023, I've Eaten, Drank, and Slept: An Investigation of the Preterite in Place of the Participle

Submissions from 2022

Lucas Sass, Linguistics (LING) 2022, Checking Out Particle Verbs: A comparative Analysis of World Englishes

Elliot Stork, Linguistics (LING) 2022, How Does the World Englishes Paradigm Influence Convergence Rates in Speakers of Midwestern English? An Experimental Analysis

Jeffrey Witney, Linguistics (LING) 2022, Could You Might Tell Me What You Think: An Experiment in Double Modal Orderings

Submissions from 2021

Anna Grove, Linguistics (LING) 2021, Pedagogical Methods of Indigenous Language Revitalization and Second Language Acquisition in Dakotah

Tessa Heggie, Linguistics (LING) 2021, So (‘What’): A Review of Two WH-scope Marking Analyses as Applied to Vlach Romani and Hungarian

Emma Ismail, Linguistics (LING) 2021, A Minimalist Approach to Causative Structures in Dakota

Lizbeth A. Ramirez Gaytan, Linguistics (LING) 2021, Looking at Cross-Language Expressive Gaps in Spanish-English Bilinguals with Varying Linguistics Exposure: Study Proposal and Pilot Study

Risa Stiegler, Linguistics (LING) 2021, Tukted Taku Uƞ He? or, What is Where?: Dakota Wh- or T-Questions and Intervention Effects

Luna Yee, Linguistics (LING) 2021, Divergent Semantics of Reduplication in Present-Day Dakotah: Exploring the Intra- and Intergenerational Effects of Language Suppression

Submissions from 2020

Lily Peters, Linguistics (LING) 2020, The Role of Complex Dynamic Systems Theory in L2 Japanese Lexical Attrition

Daamir Robinson, Linguistics (LING) 2020, Morphological Variation in Turkic Languages

Sarah Steinke, Linguistics (LING) 2020, A Syntactic Analysis of Focus Concord Constructions in Okinawan and Ikema

Nyx Vazquez, Linguistics (LING) 2020, Minimizing Optimality: A Theoretical Approach to Understanding Information Structure

Kyra Wilson, Linguistics (LING) 2020, A Cross-Linguistic Overview of Allocutivity and its Syntactic Accounts

Alex Zhai, Linguistics (LING) 2020, The Dark /l/ Rises: A Markedness Differential Hypothesis Analysis of the Syllable Position Effect on Japanese Speakers’ Production of the English Dark /l/

Submissions from 2019

Yitong Chen, Linguistics (LING) 2019, Reflexive Constructions in Maltese

Nathaniel Chew, Linguistics (LING) 2019, Reanalyzing the Past: An Experimental Study on Non-standard -ed in Singapore Colloquial English

Kaitlyn Jeanette Hamers, Linguistics (LING) 2019, A Syntactic Account of Tense, Mood, and Aspect in the Haitian Creole Preverbal Marker System

James Smith, Linguistics (LING) 2019, Radical multilingualism in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Submissions from 2018

Leila Omar Awad, Linguistics (LING) 2018, Historical Explorations of the Modern Chinese Passive Construction

Daniel Deliyannides Brodkin, Linguistics (LING) 2018, Backward Control in Minangkabau

Anny Lei, Linguistics (LING) 2018, On the Non-existence of Japanese Internally-headed Relative Clauses: Puppet Head Noun no

Kelcie Malia Molina, Linguistics (LING) 2018, Tawkin Enikain at Sku: An Examination of Hawaiʻi Creole English in an Academic Setting

Abigail Lucille Sheldon, Linguistics (LING) 2018, Semantic Motivations and Consequences of Scrambling in Japanese

Anne Sophie Zanger, Linguistics (LING) 2018, All of Our [dʌdz] in a Row: Individual Differences in the Effects of Intervening Vowels on Consonant Assimilation

Submissions from 2017

Lydia Ding, Linguistics (LING) 2017, What's with 'why? On the non-existence of why-clefts in Nukuoro

Amanda Jin Yu Owensby, Linguistics (LING) 2017, Interpreting [e]: The Reformulation of a Gricean Framework in Understanding Null Categories in Mandarin Chinese

Submissions from 2016

Joshua Ryan Elmore, Linguistics (LING) 2016, Gender, Animacy, and Variable Constraints: An OT Analysis of Leísmo, Loísmo, and Laísmo

Alexander Richard Kulacki, Linguistics (LING) 2016, Dialectal Variation in German Verb Cluster Ordering

Ilana Joy Mishkin, Linguistics (LING) 2016, Ladino Copular Variation: A Case Study of Seattle Ladino Heritage Speakers

Dana Wells Spencer, Linguistics (LING) 2016, Il y a des problèmes ici: An analysis of current theories of preposition stranding through the lens of Canadian French

Submissions from 2015

Helena M. Howard, Linguistics (LING) 2015, Syllables? Sign me up! Defining and motivating the syllable in American Sign Language

Sarah Anne Milstein, Linguistics (LING) 2015, To be or not to be, that is the copula

Johanna Maren Hjelle Olsen, Linguistics (LING) 2015, Sarcasm Detection Using Grice's Maxims

Zachary Walter Richmond, Linguistics (LING) 2015, Appealing to a Higher Projection: Determining the Possibility of a Unified Analysis of Algonquian Relative Clauses

Submissions from 2014

Emily Suzanne Manahan, Linguistics (LING) 2014, At the College was Performed an Experiment: An Analysis of Locative Inversion and Unaccusativity

Karen Sue McCleary, Linguistics (LING) 2014, Pardon My French: Loanword Pronunciation and Language Prestige

Nicole Moriah Rhodes, Linguistics (LING) 2014, Clitic and Suffixes are Different: Accounting for one side of Turkish suspended affixation

Submissions from 2013

Francesca Giovanna Garcia, Linguistics (LING) 2013, Resolving lexical polysemy: "with" corpora & collocations

Scott Lewis Graber, Linguistics (LING) 2013, Words and Rules, Les Mots et Les Regles: The Dual Mechanism Model of Morphology in French

Tamarae Marie Hildebrandt, Linguistics (LING) 2013, An Examination of Turkish Scrambling in Single Wh-phrase Constructions

William Christopher Johnston, Linguistics (LING) 2013, Focus, Too, and Conjunction, Too: The Syntax and Semantics of Japanese mo-Coordination

Evan Robert Leibowitz, Linguistics (LING) 2013, The Verbhood of Mandarin ba and its Role in Resultative Constructions

Kyung Soo Liu, Linguistics (LING) 2013, Korean Vowel Harmony: An Optimality Theoretic Account

Andrew Thomas Peters, Linguistics (LING) 2013, Take a Chance on /d/: Mexican Spanish Spirantization and Probability in Optimality Theory

Johanna Amy Schmidt, Linguistics (LING) 2013, Motivating the Impoverishment: A Morphosyntactic Analysis of Deletion Processes in Agreement

Deborah A. Shapiro, Linguistics (LING) 2013, Morphological Acquisition or: How I Learned to Stop Overregularizing and Love the "Brought"

Submissions from 2012

Emily Rose Barter, Linguistics (LING) 2012, The Case for a Reanalysis of Case in Sinhala

Kellianne Ellen Bennett, Linguistics (LING) 2012, Syntax vs. Pragmatics and Grammaticality Judgments: A Perspective from Korean Honorification

Julia Hansell Clark, Linguistics (LING) 2012, From discord, find harmony: A new perspective on vowel harmony in Ainu

Julia Anne Larson, Linguistics (LING) 2012, SignWriting for American Sign Language: From Phoneme to Poem

Karl Snyder, Linguistics (LING) 2012, Russian Default Stress and the Effect of Lexically Weak Roots

Rochelle Zheng, Linguistics (LING) 2012, The Acquisition of Sound Symbolism in Japanese

Submissions from 2011

Edwin A. Avalos, Linguistics (LING) 2011, Nasal Spreading in Theory

Grace Elizabeth Lewis, Linguistics (LING) 2011, The Role of Language Discrimination in Mutual Exclusivity as shown by 2-yr-old Simultaneous Bilinguals

Alison Elizabeth Wechsler, Linguistics (LING) 2011, Morphological Decomposition in a Second Language: An Experimental Study of Spanish Participles

Submissions from 2010

Elizabeth Haworth Evison, Linguistics (LING) 2010, Topic, and Wa: Resolving the topic debate

Jennifer Krafft, Linguistics (LING) 2010, Syntactic Category Influence and Irregularity in Rendaku

Mikaela Lee Van Sistine, Linguistics (LING) 2010, Pragmatic Particles in Colloquial Malaysian English: Description and Analysis in a Politeness Theory Framework

Submissions from 2009

Rosalind Brayfield, Linguistics (LING) 2009, Daa gweyn Aa gweyn: questions and foci in the Belizean Creole