Linguistics ETDs

Linguistics ETDs

 
The UNM Department of Linguistics is the only degree-granting linguistics program in one of the most multilingual and multicultural states in the U.S. As such, it bears particular responsibilities both to the field of linguistics and to the residents of the region it serves. The department thus has two concerns: (1) teaching and research on language structure and use, and (2) service to society on language-related issues. The department's approach to linguistic theory takes a primarily cognitive-functional perspective that focuses on language structure as interacting with language use. Data-driven and fieldwork methods are emphasized to support usage-based analyses of dynamic language phenomena. This orientation emphasizes the study of language typology, change, discourse, interaction, variation, interpreting, processing, and acquisition. The department is particularly concerned with the study of regional languages (especially Navajo, varieties of Spanish, and indigenous languages of the Americas) and signed languages (American Sign Language, in particular). This theoretical approach provides the foundation for effectively addressing our commitment to the application of linguistics to social concerns, including minority language maintenance and empowerment of minority communities.

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Dissertations

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Three-Dimensional Constraints on Human Cognition as Expressed in Human Language, Christopher Adam

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Iconicity effects in translation direction: Bimodal bilingual lexical processing, Benjamin Anible

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Language Ideologies and Orthographies: Developing a Writing System for Than Ówîngeh, Evan Ashworth

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Quantitative determinants of prefabs: A corpus-based, experimental study of multiword units in the lexicon, Clayton Beckner

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DEVELOPING THINKING IN L2 SPEAKING: EVIDENCE FROM SPATIAL-TEMPORAL SYSTEM IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH LEARNERS, Pei-ni Causarano

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Syllables and Concepts in Large Vocabulary Speech Recognition, Paul A. De Palma

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ESL speakers' production of English lexical stress: The effect of variation in acoustic correlates on perceived intelligibility and nativeness, Paul Edmunds

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From the Unexpected to the Unbelievable: Thetics, Miratives and Exclamatives in Conceptual Space, Jose Hugo Garcia Macias

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The Spread of Change in French Negation, Angus Grieve-Smith

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Evolution of Complex Predicates with Cuenta Expressing Semantic Events of Cognition in Spanish, Aubrey N. Healey

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TWO DIFFERENT SPEECH COMMUNITIES IN PUERTO RICO: A QUALITATIVE STUDY ABOUT SOCIAL CLASS AND CHILDREN LEARNING ENGLISH IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS OF THE ISLAND, Jannette Hermina

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The pragmatics and evolution of the utterance-final particles -ketun and -canha in Modern Spoken Korean, Ahrim Kim

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Analyzing Navajo Discourse: Investigating Form and Function of Intonational Units in Referential Discourse, Michele Kiser

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Chinese DE constructions in secondary predication: Historical and typological perspectives, You-Min Lin

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A THEMATIC ANALYSIS OF EXPERIENCES OF NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKING INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS WITH THE INTERNET-BASED TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE, Annaliese Mayette

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A COGNITIVE APPROACH TO PHONOLOGY: EVIDENCE FROM SIGNED LANGUAGES, Corrine Occhino

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Figuration & Frequency: A Usage-Based Approach to Metaphor, Daniel Sanford

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"Hey, y'guys!": A diachronic usage-based approach to changes in American English address, Ben Sienicki

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SUBJECT EXPRESSION IN BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE: CONSTRUCTION AND FREQUENCY EFFECTS, Agripino Silveira

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The Role of Formulaic Language in the Creation of Grammar, Natalya Stukova

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Kiowa-Tanoan: A Synchronic and Diachronic Study, Logan Sutton

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Effects of Holistic and Analytic Instructional Approaches on the Acquisition of Various Types of Formulaic Sequences: An Empirical Study of Adult Learners of English as a Second Language, Valentina Temina-Kingsolver

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Lexical variation, lexical innovation, and speaker motivations: a historical psycholinguistic approach, Jason Timm Dr.

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VERBS OF SPEECH AND COGNITION: STRUCTURAL PATTERNS IN NEW MEXICAN SPANISH, Víctor A. Valdivia Ruiz

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Typology of Signed Languages: Differentiation through Kinship Terminology, Erin Wilkinson

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A variationist perspective on Spanish-origin verbs in Paraguayan Guarani, Josefina Bittar Prieto

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Australian English Rising Intonation: Frequency and Function During Talk-in-Interaction, Susan Buescher

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Coarticulation in American Sign Language Fingerspelling, Caitlin S. Channer

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Syntax of Nouns in the Annales Ricardi Secundi, Mary Gardner

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LANGUAGE ATTITUDES OF FIRST AND SECOND GENERATION AFGHAN-AMERICANS AND IRANIAN-AMERICANS TOWARD DARI AND PERSIAN, Afsoon Hansia

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A Cognitive Grammar Analysis of the Semantics of the Russian Verbal Prefix na-, Christopher Hart-Moynihan

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The Southern Accent and "Bad English": A Comparative Perceptual Study of the Conceptual Network between Southern Linguistic Features and Identity, Dean Hayes

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A Temporal Fuzzy-ART Neural Network Architecture as a Model of Phoneme Perception, Rex Devon Hjelm

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Unexpected Accompaniment: Cognitive Mechanisms for Language-Music Mismatch in Time, Hui-Chieh Hsu

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"Ye ken fine wha I mean": Variation between you know and ye ken in Scottish varieties of English, Briony Jones

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THE ROLE OF PHONOLOGY AND SEMANTICS IN THE LEXICAL PROCESSING OF ASL CORE LEXICAL ITEMS AND CLASSIFIER CONSTRUCTIONS, Jeannine Kammann

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The evolution of constructions: The case of be about to, Joshua Mee

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Cross-linguistic Functions of Complement Clauses in Oral Monologic Texts, Lindsay Morrone

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The Development of Czech Aspectual Prefixes Through Grammaticalization and Lexicalization Processes, Pavlina Peskova

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La Quiero Ver~Quiero Verla: Monolingual and bilingual children's variable clitic placement, Anita Rao

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Illustrating the prototype structures of parts of speech: A multidimensional scaling analysis, Phillip Rogers

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Modern Spoken Coptic and Community Negotiation of Linguistic Authenticity, Jeremy Toomey

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THE ROLE OF SES AND ASL FOR LITERACY SUCCESS IN ASL-ENGLISH BILINGUALS, Paul Twitchell

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A Radical Construction Grammar Analysis of Antipassive Constructions, Meagan Vigus

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ALOHA IN THE DESERT: Ideologies of Ka ʻōlelo hawaiʻi a mēheuheu, Violet Lovelena WItt