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Department Alumni – Doctoral Dissertations

Below is a list of all UCSD Linguistics dissertations completed since 1971.

2013

Rethinking the functional significance of Early Negativity: Investigations in the language/sensory-motor interface
by Lisa Rosenfelt
Chair: Robert Kluender

Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher, Vision, Action, Cognition Lab, Université Paris 7.

Acquiring a first language in adolescence: Behavioral and neuroimaging studies in American Sign Language
by Naja Ferjan Ramirez
Chair: Rachel Mayberry

Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, University of Washington

Phonotactic probability in Amharic: a psycholinguistic and computational investigation
by Rebecca Colavin
Chairs: Roger Levy and Sharon Rose

2012

Inductive Inference in Non-Native Speech Processing and Learning
by Bożena Pająk
Chairs: Eric Bakovic and Roger Levy

Current position: Postdoctoral fellow, Center for Language Sciences, University of Rochester

2011

The Nature of the Semantic Scale: Evidence from Sign Language Research
by Kathryn Davidson
Chairs: Ivano Caponigro & Rachel Mayberry

Current position: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Cognitive Science, Yale University

Eye movements in reading as rational behavior
by Klinton Bicknell
Chair: Roger Levy

Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, Northwestern University (as of March 2014)

2010

Ellipsis Reconsidered
by Laura Kertz
Chair: Andrew Kehler

Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Cognitive Science, Linguistics and Psychology, Brown University

2009

From words to structure: How syntax can affect the distribution and interpretation of verbs and their arguments. Three case studies from Japanese.
by Shin Fukuda
Chairs: Ivano Caponigro and John Moore

Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Literature, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

The Acquisition of Ungrammaticality: Learning a Subset in L2 Phonotactics
by Cynthia Kilpatrick
Chair: Eric Baković

Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics & TESOL, University of Texas at Arlington

2008

Processing of Long-Distance Syntactic and Referential Gap-filler Dependencies: Evidence from Reading time, ERP and Eye-tracking Data in Korean
by Nayoung Kwon
Chair: Robert Kluender

Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Konkuk University

Coherence-Driven Effects in Sentence & Discourse Processing
by Hannah Rohde
Chair: Andrew Kehler

Current position: Lecturer, Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Edinburgh

2007

A Connectionist Model of the Effect of Pro-Drop on SVO Languages
by Ezra van Everbroeck
Chairs: Maria Polinsky & Gary Cottrell (Computer Science & Engineering)

Current position: IT Manager, Division of Social Sciences, University of California, San Diego

A Crosslinguistic Investigation of Palatalization
by Nicoleta Bateman
Chair: Sharon Rose

Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Liberal Studies, California State University, San Marcos

Comparatively Speaking: A Psycholinguistic Study of Optionality in Grammar
by Jeremy Boyd
Chair: Farrell Ackerman

Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Center for Research and Language, University of California, San Diego

2006

Eye Gaze in American Sign Language: Linguistic Functions for Verbs and Pronouns
by Robin Thompson
Chairs: Robert Kluender and Karen Emmorey

Current position: Researcher, Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre, University College London

2003

Agreement in Gestures and Signed Languages:
The use of directionality to indicate referents involved in actions

by Shannon Casey
Chair: Robert Kluender

Processing Information Structure:
Evidence from Comprehension and Production

by H. Wind Cowles
Chair: Robert Kluender

Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Florida

Phonetics of Language Attrition: vowel production and articulatory setting in the speech of Western Armenian heritage speakers
by Linda Godson
Co-chairs: Maria Polinsky & Sharon Rose

Current position: Heritage Language Initiative Coordinator, Department of World Languages & Literatures, Portland State University

Morphological Faithfulness to Syntactic Representations
by Michael Hughes
Chair: David Perlmutter

Current position: Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Modern Language Studies, California State University, San Marcos

The Effect of Phonological Status on the Acquisition of New Contrasts: Evidence from Spanish and Japanese L2 Learners of English
by Alicia Muñoz Sánchez
Chair: Sharon Rose

Current position: Spanish Language Academic Coordinator, Department of Linguistics, University of California, San Diego

Discourse Adjectives
by Gina Taranto
Chair: Chris Barker

Current position: Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives, H5

Event-Related Brain Potentials in the Processing of
Japanese Wh-Questions
 
by Mieko Ueno
Chair: Robert Kluender

Current Position: Assistant Project Scientist, Kutas Cognitive Electrophysiology Lab, Cognitive Science Department, University of California, San Diego

2002

The Acquisition of Verbs and Argument Structure Constructions
by Nitya Sethuraman
Chair: Ronald W. Langacker & Elizabeth Bates

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Relating Parsers and Grammars: On the structure and real-time comprehension of
English infinitival complements

by Matthew S. Walenski
Chairs: John Moore & Robert Kluender

Current Position: Adjunct Research Scientist, San Diego State University

2000

Phonotactic Interactions: A Non-Reductionist Approach to Phonology
by Fumiko Kumashiro
Co-Chairs: Ronald W. Langacker & Matthew Chen

The Conceptual Basis of Grammar: A Cognitive Approach to Japanese Clausal Structure
by Toshiyuki Kumashiro
Chair: Ronald W. Langacker

The Internally Headed Relative Clause Construction in Japanese: A Cognitive Grammar Approach
by Masuhiro Nomura
Chair: Ronald W. Langacker

Current Position: Associate Professor, Linguistics and Literature, Linguistics and Western Languages, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Letters/Faculty of Letters

1999

Dictionary of Rincon Luiseño
by Eric Elliott
Chair: Ronald W. Langacker

Current Position: Luiseño Instructor, California State Unversity, San Bernardino

1998

Information Structure, Judgment Forms, and the Interpretation of Indefinites in Spanish
by William J. Byrne
Co-Chairs: John Moore & Adele Goldberg

Current Position: Voice Interface Engineer, Google

Fuzhou Tone Sandhi
by Lee-Lee Lily Chan
Chair: Matthew Chen

The Rhetoric of Grammar: Scalar Reasoning & Polarity Sensitivity
by Michael Israel
Chair: Ronald W. Langacker

Current Position: Associate Professor of English Language, Department of English, University of Maryland

A Prosodic Theory of Hiatus Resolution
by Martha Baird Senturia
Chair: Kathleen Hubbard

Current Position: Senior VUI Designer, Performance Technology Partners

Cantonese Exceed Comparatives
by Sui-Sang Mok
Chair: John Moore

Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Education and Languages, The Open University of Hong Kong

Emergent Grammatical Relations: An Inductive Learning System
by William C. Morris
Chair: Adele Goldberg; Co-Chair: Jeffrey Elman

1997

Prominence: from Sensation to Language
by Tracy Cameron Mansfield
Chair: Ronald W. Langacker

1996

Negation, Polarity, and Indefiniteness: A Comparative Study of Negative Constructions in Spanish & English
by Raul Aranovich
Chair: John Moore; Co-Chair: S.-Y. Kuroda

Current Position: Associate Professor, Linguistics, University of California, Davis

Words & Music Together: The Rhythms of Songs
by Phyllis Muller
Chair: Matthew Chen

Neurolinguistic Evidence of Some Conceptual Properties of Nouns & Verbs
by Margaret Kimberly Kellogg
Chair: Robert Kluender

1995

The Mental Representation of Verbs
by Kathleen V. Ahrens
Advisors: Adele Goldberg & David Swinney (Psychology)

Current Position: Professor, Language Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

The Preterite & Imperfect in Spanish: Past Situation vs. Past Viewpoint
by Aintzane Doiz-Bienzobas
Advisors: Ronald W. Langacker & Suzanne Kemmer

Current Position: Associate Professor, English Philology & Translation Studies, University of the Basque Country

Object Relatives Viewed Through Behavioral, Electrophysiological and Modeling Techniques
by Jill Weckerly
Chair: Marta Kutas; Co-chair: Jeff Elman

1994

Time & Tense in Narrative and in Everyday Language
by L. Michelle Cutrer
Advisor: Suzanne Kemmer

Current Position: Lawyer

Constraint-Based Phonology & Morphology: A Survey of Languages in China
by Hui-Chuan Hsu
Advisor: Matthew Chen

Current Position: Chair and Professor, Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University

Discourse & Definiteness: Synchronic & Diachronic Perspectives
by Richard Epstein
Advisors: Suzanne Kemmer & Gilles Fauconnier

Current Position: Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Liberal Studies Program, Department of English, Rutgers University

Pragmatics, Subjectivity and the Grammaticalization of the English Perfect
by Kathleen Carey
Advisor: Suzanne Kemmer

1993

A Connectionist Approach to Nominal Inflection: Paradigm Patterning & Analogy in Finnish
by Ann Thyme-Gobbel
Advisor: Farrell Ackerman

Current Position: VUI/UX Designer, Gamgee

Syntax, Discourse and Acts of the Mind: A Study of the Indicative-Subjunctive Contrast in Spanish
by Errapel Mejias-Vicandi
Advisor: S.-Y. Kuroda

Current Position: Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Grammar of Inalienability: Possession & Noun Incorporation in Paraguayan Guarani
by Maura Velazquez-Castillo
Advisor: Suzanne Kemmer

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Colorado State University

The Structure of Wanka Quechua Evidential Categories
by Rick Floyd
Advisor: Suzanne Kemmer

Current Position: Professor of Linguistics, SIL International

Complementation in French: A Cognitive Perspective
by Michel J. R. Achard
Advisor: Ronald W. Langacker

Current Position: Associate Professor, Linguistics, Rice University

Middle Voice in Modern Greek
by Linda Manney
Advisor: Ronald W. Langacker

Current Position: English and Literature Teacher, International Baccalaureate Program, Pinewood American International School of Thessaloniki and Adjunct Professor of English Linguistics, American College of Thessaloniki

Discontinuous Morphology in Modern Aramaic
by Johanna Rubba
Advisor: Ronald W. Langacker

Current Position: Associate Professor of Linguistics, English Department, California Polytechnic State University

1992

Paths Through Conceptual Structure: Constraints on Pronominal Anaphora
by Karen van Hoek
Advisor: Ronald W. Langacker

Middle Voice: The Case of Spanish 'se'
by Ricardo Maldonado Soto
Advisor: Ronald W. Langacker

Current Position: Professor, Instituto de Investigaciaones Filológicas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México

Narrative Time
by Jeff Lansing
Advisor: Ronald W. Langacker

Topics in Chinese Phrasal Tonology
by Hongming Zhang
Advisor: Matthew Chen

Current Position: Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1991

Aspects of Polish Syntax
by Katarzyna Anna Dziwirek
Advisor: David Perlmutter

Current Positions: Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Washington and Adjunct Professor of Linguistics, University of Washington

Thematic Relations, Relational Networks, and Multistratal Representations
by Patrick Michael Farrell
Advisor: David Perlmutter

Current Position: Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Davis

Syntax, Rhythm, & Tone: A Triangular Relationship
by Yuchau E. Hsiao
Advisor: Matthew Chen

Cognitive Constraints on Variables in Syntax
by Robert E. Kluender
Advisors: Marta Kutas & Jeffrey Elman

Current Position: Professor of Linguistics, University of California, San Diego

1990

Phonological Representation & Processing in Connectionist Networks
by Mary L. Hare
Advisor: Jeff Elman

Current Position: Associate Professor of Psychology, Bowling Green University

Ordered Chaos: A Cognitive Model for the Interpretation of English Noun-Noun Compounds
by Mary Ellen Ryder
Advisor: Jeff Elman

A Grammar of Jamul Diegueno
by Amy W. Miller
Advisor: Margaret Langdon

1989

Pronominalization & Control in Modern Persian
by Margaret Marie Hashemipour
Advisor: Margaret Langdon

1988

A Cognitive Analysis of Grammatical Relations, Case, and Transitivity in Samoan
by Kenneth William Cook
Advisor: Ronald W. Langacker

The Stony Idiom of the Brain: A Study in the Semantics & Syntax of Metaphors
by Heatherbell Fong
Advisor: Ronald W. Langacker

1987

Universal Constraints on Relationally Complex Clauses
by John Albert Bickford
Advisor: David Perlmutter

Current Position: Certified Senior Linguistics Consultant, SIL International

The Semantics of Dative & Accusative in German: An Investigation in Cognitive Grammar
by Michael Smith
Advisor: Ronald W. Langacker

Current Position: Professor, Department of Linguistics, Oakland University

Syntactic & Semantic Aspects of Chinese Tone Sandhi
by Tony Hung
Advisor: Matthew Chen

Current Position: Professor, Language Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University

Towards a Cognitive Model of Transitivity
by Sally Ann Rice
Advisor: Ronald W. Langacker

Current Position: Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta

Topics in French Syntax
by Geraldine Legendre
Advisor: David Perlmutter

Current Position: Professor, Cognitive Science Department, Johns Hopkins University

1986

Parameter Setting: Evidence from Use, Acquisition, and Breakdown in American Sign Language
by Diane C. Lillo-Martin
Advisor: Edward Klima

Current Position: Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, University of Connecticut

A Grammar Sketch & Comparative Study of Eastern Mono
by Evan Norris
Advisor: Ronald W. Langacker

The Relational Structure of Turkish Syntax
by Inci Ozkaragoz
Advisor: Sandra Chung

Current Position: Computational Linguist/Speech and Language Technology, IVR Design Group

The Syntax of Pronouns in Dogrib (Athapaskan): Some Theoretical Consequences
by Leslie Saxon
Advisor: Sandra Chung

Current Position: Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Victoria

The Prosodic Domain of Tone Sandhi in Chinese
by Chi-lin Shih
Advisor: Matthew Chen

Current Position: Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Illinois

1985

Reduction & Anaphoric Relations in Chinese
by Mei-du Li Erickson
Advisor: Matthew Chen

The Syntax of Variable Binding in Palauan
by Carol Georgopoulos
Advisor: Sandra Chung

Object & Raising in Spanish
by Nora Gonzalez
Advisor: David Perlmutter

1984

Parallel Structures in Syntax
by Grant Todd Goodall
Advisors: Sandra Chung & Yuki Kuroda

Current Position: Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Linguistics Language Program,  University of California, San Diego

The Semantics of English Spatial Prepositions
by Bruce Hawkins
Advisor: Ronald Langacker

Current Position: Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Illinois State University

Description of Space in French
by Claude Vandeloise
Advisor: Ronald Langacker

Studies in Lakhota Grammar
by Janis Shirley Williamson
Advisor: Sandra Chung

1983

The Interaction of Morphology & Syntax in American Sign Language
by Carol Ann Padden
Advisor: David Perlmutter

Current Position: Professor of Communication, University of California, San Diego and MacArthur Fellow

A Formal Theory of Vowel Harmony
by Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku
Advisor: Sanford Scahne

Current Position: Professor, International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego

1982

Cora Locationals & Structured Imagery
by Eugene H. Casad
Advisor: Ronald Langacker

Object & Absolutive in Halkomelem Salish
by Donna Blanche Gerdts
Advisor: Margaret Langdon

Current Position: Professor, Department of Linguistics, Simon Fraser University

A Study of Absolute Phrases within the Government Binding Framework
by Roberta Lynn Ishihara
Advisor: Yuki Kuroda

Icons, Analogues, and Morphemes: The Acquisition of Verb Agreement in American Sign Language
by Richard Paul Meier
Advisor: Edward Klima

Current Position: Professor of Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin

A Generative Phonology of Modern Icelandic
by Gregory Charles Richter
Advisor: Margaret Langdon

Current Position: Professor of Linguistics, English and Linguistics, Truman State University

The Lexicon in a Model of Language Production
by Joseph Paul Stemberger
Advisor: Jeffrey Elman

Current Position: Professor of Linguistics, University of British Columbia

1981

Choctaw Clause Structure
by William Daniel Davies
Advisor: David Perlmutter

Current Position: Professor of Linguistics, University of Iowa

A Lexico-Semantic Analysis of English Verb Particle Constructions with OUT and UP
by Susan Jean Lindner
Advisor: Ronald Langacker

The Structure of Seri
by Stephen Alan Marlett
Advisor: Margaret Langdon

Current Position: Linguistics Consultant, SIL International

The Semantics of Raising Constructions
by John Newman
Advisor: Ronald Langacker

Current Position: Professor Emeritus, Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta

Progressives in Yuman & Romance
by Susan Ann Norwood
Advisor: Margaret Langdon

The Transivity-Related Morphology of Tetelcingo Nahuatl: An Exploration in Space Grammar
by David Harold Tuggy
Advisor: Ronald Langacker

Current Position: Field Linguist, SIL International

1980

Phonological & Temporal Properties of Cocopa
by Birgitte Holt Bendixen
Advisor: Margaret Langdon

Clause Union in Chamorro and in Universal Grammar
by Jeanne Darrigrand Gibson
Advisor: Sandra Chung

The Syntax of the Albanian Verb Complex
by Philip Laurence Hubbard
Advisor: David Perlmutter

Current Position: Director, English for Foreign Students and Senior Lecturer, Linguistics, Language Center and Linguistics Department, Stanford University

Breton Relativization
by Phyllis Gafford King
Advisor: Margaret Langdon

Directive Speech Acts: A Theoretical Investigation
by Patrick Henry Murray
Advisor: Yuki Kuroda

Short-term Coding Processes of Congenitally Deaf Signers of ASL: Natural Language Considerations
by Michael Arthur Shand
Advisor: Edward Klima

The Lexicon in Phonological Theory Data from Frisian
by Peter Mejies Tiersma
Advisor: Matthew Chen

Current Position: Professor of Law, Loyola Law School

1979

American Sign Language Typology
by Geoffrey Restall Coulter
Advisor: Edward Klima

Pragmatics, Formal Theory and The Analysis of Presuppositions
by John David Dinsmore
Advisor: Edward Klima

Phonological Issues in North Alaskan Inupiaq
by Lawrence David Kaplan
Advisor: Margaret Langdon

Current Position: Professor of Linguistics and Director, Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Writing as a Second Language: Psycholinguistic Processes in Composition
by Brooke Neilson
Advisor: Edward Klima

Studies in Niuean Syntax
by William John Seiter
Advisor: Sandra Chung

1978

Semantic Aspects of Verbal Grammaticization
by William Rufus Mathews III
Advisor: Ronald Langacker

The French-based Creoles of the Indian Ocean: An Analysis & Comparison
by Robert Antoine Papen
Advisor: Margaret Langdon

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Québéc

1977

Lexical Borrowing in American Sign Language: Phonological & Morphological Restructuring
by Robbin M. Battison
Advisor: Edward Klima

Problems in the Developmental Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism: Language Acquisition & Language Use
by Coral Rhodes Bergman
Advisors: Sanford Schane & Margaret Langdon

Havasupai Songs: A Linguistic Perspective
by Leanne Hinton
Advisor: Margaret Langdon

Current Position: Professor Emerita, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

An Investigation into the Syntactic Structure of American Sign Language
by Scott Kent Liddell
Advisor: Edward Klima

The Semantics of English Complementation
by Arthur Kean Spears
Advisor: Ronald Langacker

Current Positions: Presidential Professor of Linguistics and Acting Chair of the Anthropology Department, The City College of New York

Indo-European Passive Structures: A Historical-Comparative Perceptive
by Hariklia Statha-Halikas
Advisor: Ronald Langacker

Stability of Dichotic Listening Scores of Left- and Right-handed Subjects
by Anne Burnham Thistle
Advisor: Timothy Smith

1976

Word Order Change in Chinese: Some Contributing Factors & Implications
by Yat-Shing Cheung
Advisor: Benjam T'sou

Investigations in Pragmatic Theory
by Samuel Seth Epstein
Advisor: Yuki Kuroda

Indirect Speech Acts, Speech Act Theory, and Common Sense
by Donald Forman
Advisor: Benjamin T'sou

Some Aspects of the Historical Development of Signs in American Sign Language
by Nancy Frishberg
Advisor: Edward Klima

Japanese Interrogatives: A Synchronic & Diachronic Analysis
by Kunihiko Ogawa
Advisor: Yuki Kuroda

Topics in Irish Syntax & Semantics
by Nancy Stenson
Advisor: Margaret Langdon

Current Positions: Professor Emerita, Institute of Linguistics, University of Minnesota

1974

Palauan Phonology & Morphology
by Jo Ann Flora
Advisor: Margaret Langdon

Relativization & Complementation in Diegueno: Noun Phrases as Nouns
by Larry Gorbet
Advisor: Margret Langdon

Current Position: Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Anthropology, University of New Mexico

A Study of Japanese Predicate Complement Construction
by Masako Inoue
Advisor: Yuki Kuroda

Topics in Mojave Syntax
by Pamela Munro
Advisor: Margaret Langdon

Current Position: Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles

Figurative Patterns & Redundancy in the Lexicon
by William Nagy
Advisor: Edward Klima

Current Position: Professor of Education, Seattle Pacific University

Studies in the Grammar of Kihungan
by Alexis Takizala
Advisor: Yuki Kuroda; Co-Chair: Ronald Langacker

The Phonology of Nasal Vowels in Modern French
by Bernard Tranel
Advisor: Sanford Schane

Current Position: Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Irvine

1973

On Some Phonetic Effects in Dichotic Listening
by Peter Benson
Advisor: Tim Smith

Aspects of Proto-Polynesian Syntax
by Ross Clark
Advisor: Paul Chapin

Some Topics in Navajo Syntax
by Suzette Haden Elgin
Advisor: Margaret Langdon

The Positional Tendencies of Modal Elements & Their Theoretical Implications
by Susan Steele
Advisor: Ronald Langacker

Current Position: Board Member, ILCF and Professor Emerita of Linguistics, University of Arizona

1972

Complementation Phenomena in Hausa
by John Eulenberg
Advisor: Edward Klima

Current Positions: Professor Emeritus of African Langauges and Communicative Sciences and Discorders, Michigan State University

On Deletion Phenomena in English
by John Grinder
Advisor: Edward Klima

Syntactic Change: A Cupan (Uto-Aztecan) Case Study
by Roderick Jacobs
Advisor: Ronald Langacker

A Transformational Analysis of Infinitival & Gerundive Complements in English
by Quentin Pizzini
Advisor: Edward Klima

Current Position: Senior Research Associate, the Behavioral Technology Laboratories at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California (USC)

1971

A Generative Phonology of Noun & Vowel Harmony in Hungarian
by Marianne Esztergar
Advisor: Sanford Schane

Theoretical Implications of Some Global Phenomena in Syntax
by Gilles Fauconnier
Advisor: Yuki Kuroda

Current Position: Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego

Old French Phonology & Morphology
by Douglas Walker
Advisor: Sanford Schane

Current Position: Professor Emeritus of French, Department of French, Italian and Spanish, University of Calgary