Colorado Linguistics Doctoral Alumni


Kevin Gould

Dissertation: Now You See It, Now You Don't: The Influence of Lexical Class, Usage Frequency, and Constructional Content on Semantic Simulation

Advisor: Laura Michaelis

William Styler

Dissertation: On the Acoustical and Perceptual Features of Vowel Nasality

Advisor: Rebecca Scarborough


Claire Bonial

Dissertation: Take a look at this! Form, Function and Productivity of English Light Verb Constructions

Advisors: Martha Palmer and Bhuvana Narasimhan

Da Cheong (Jena) Hwang

Dissertation: Identification and Representation of Caused Motion Constructions

Advisor: Martha Palmer

David Harper

Dissertation: An Analysis of Perceptual Factors in the Evolution of Spanish Approximants

Advisor: Rebecca Scarborough

Michael Thomas

Dissertation: A Grammar of Sakun (Sukur)

Advisor: Zygmunt Frajzyngier


Jill Duffield

Dissertation: Beyond the Subject: The Interaction of Syntax and Semantics in the Production of English Verb Agreement

Advisor: Bhuvana Narasimhan

Joshua Raclaw

Dissertation: Indexing Inferables and Organizational Shifts:'No'-Prefaces in English Conversations

Advisor: Barbara Fox

William Corvey

Dissertation: Leveraging Pragmatic Features for Microblogged Information Extraction During Crises

Advisor: Martha Palmer

Jenny Davis

Dissertation: Learning to 'Talk Indian': Ethnolinguistic Identity and Language Revitalization in the Chickasaw Renaissance

Advisor: Kira Hall


Sean Allison

Dissertation: Aspects of a Grammar of Makary Kotoko

Advisor: Zygmunt Frajzyngier

Susanne Stadlbauer

Dissertation: Displaced Islamic Identities: Language, Time and Space in a Post 9/11 America

Advisor: Kira Hall

Georgia Zellou

Dissertation:  Similarity and Enhancement:  Nasality from Moroccan Arabic Pharyngeals and Nasals

Advisor:  Rebecca Scarborough

Lal Zimman

Dissertation: Voices in Transition: Testosterone, Transmasculinity, and the Gendered Voice Among Female-to-Male Transgender People

Advisor: Kira Hall


Kai-Yun Helen Chen

Dissertation: Sound Patterns in Mandarin Recycling Repair

Advisor: Barbara Fox

Les Sikos

Dissertation: Tipping the Balance: The Modulation of ERP Effects at the Syntax-Semantics Interface

Advisors: Laura Michaelis-Cummings and Albert Kim



Susan Windisch Brown

Dissertation: Finding Meaning: Sense Inventories for Improved Word Sense Disambiguation

Advisor: Martha Palmer

Kevin Cohen
Dissertation: Paradigms of Evaluation in Natural Language Processing: Field Linguistics for Glass Box Testing
Advisor: Martha Palmer

Armik Mirzayan

Dissertation: Lakota Intonation and Prosody

Advisor: David Rood

Saeko Ogihara
Dissertation: Verb Final Typology
Advisor: Zygmunt Frajzyngier

Jeff Stebbins
Dissertation: Usage Frequency and Articulatory Reduction in Vietnamese Tonogenesis
Advisor: Rebecca Scarborough


Lori Heintzelman

Dissertation:  The Re-education of Desire: The Role of Narrative in Religious-based Sexual Identity Transformation

Advisor: Kira Hall

Vicky Tzuyin Lai

Dissertation:  Understanding Metaphorical Expressions:  Conventionality, Mappings, and Comparison Processes

Advisor:  Bhuvana Narasimhan

Chad Nilep

Dissertation:  Articulating a Transnational Family:  'Hippo Family' Language Learners in Japan and the USA

Advisor:  Kira Hall

Weldu Weldeyesus

Dissertation: Language Socialization and Ensuing Identity Construction Among Ethiopian Immigrants in Metropolitan Denver

Advisor: Kira Hall


Jason Brenier
Dissertation: The Automatic Prediction of Prosodic Prominence from Text
Advisor: Dan Jurafsky

Adam Hodges
Dissertation: The 'War on Terror' Narrative: The (Inter)Textual Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality
Advisor: Kira Hall

Masako Hoye
Dissertation: Exploration of the Notion of Subject in Japanese
Advisor: Barbara Fox

Jessica Sams
Dissertation: A Syntactic Analysis of Written English Quotatives
Advisor: Laura Michaelis

Hiromi Sumiya
Dissertation: The Effect of Familiarity and Semantics on Early Acquisition of Japanese Numeral Classifiers
Advisor: Barbara Fox

Hui-hsin Tseng
Dissertation: The Use of Morphological Knowledge in Chinese Natural Language Processing
Advisor: Dan Jurafsky


Kyung-Im Han
Dissertation: Consonant Cluster Phenomena: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison.
Advisor: Zygmunt Frajzyngier

Hyun-Jung Yang
Dissertation: Grammar as an Interactional Resource in Korean Spontaneous Conversations
Advisor: Barbara Fox


Hartwell Francis
Dissertation:  Transitivity in Arapaho:  A Construction Grammar Approach
Advisors: Laura Michaelis, Andrew Cowell

Cynthia Girand
Dissertation:  Prenuclear Accentual Structure in Conversational English
Advisor: Alan Bell


Ayako Ikeno
Dissertation: Perceptual and Acoustic Cues in English Accent Variation: Accent Classification for Speaker Identification
Advisor:  Barbara Fox


Phyllis Bellver
Dissertation:  An Investigation into the Functional Syntax of Spoken Basque
Advisor: Laura Michaelis
Holly Krech-Thomas
Dissertation:  Training Strategies for Improving Listeners' Comprehension of Foreign-Accented Speech
Advisors: Lise Menn, Alice Healy (PSYC)
Kristine S. Stenzel
Dissertation:  A Reference Grammar of Wanano, winner of the 2004 Mary R. Haas Award for an unpublished manuscript that “makes a significant substantive contribution to our knowledge of the indigenous languages of the Western Hemisphere”.
Advisors: Barbara Fox, Jule Gomez de Garcia


Valerie Wallace
Dissertation:  The Roles of Babble in Language Acquisition: Evidence from Deaf and
Hard-of-Hearing Children
Advisors: Lise Menn, Christine Yoshinaga-Itano (SLHS)

Traci Curl
Dissertation:  The Phonetics of Sequence Organization: An Investigation of Lexical
Repetition in Other-Initiated Repair Sequences in American English
Advisor: Barbara Fox
Linda Nicita
Dissertation:  Cognitive Verbs in Spanish: A Discourse Profileof acordarse, creer, saber and Related Verbs
Advisor:  Barbara Fox 


Douglas Roland
Dissertation:  Verb Sense and Verb Subcategorization Probabilities
Advisor: Dan Jurafsky

Michelle Gregory
Dissertation:  Linguistic Informativeness and Speech Production: An Investigation of
Contextual and Discourse-Pragmatic Effects on Phonological Variation
Advisor: Dan Jurafsky


Makoto Hayashi
Dissertation:  Practices in Joint Utterance Construction in Japanese conversation
Advisor: Barbara Fox
Kristin Homer
Dissertation:  A Discourse Constraint on Subject Information Questions
Advisor: Laura Michaelis
William Raymond
Dissertation:  Toward a Theory of Grammatical Encoding in Speech Production: Evidence from Speech Errors
Advisors: Alan Bell, Laura Michaelis 


Linh-Chan Brown
Dissertation:  The Grammaticalization of Directed Motion in Vietnamese
Advisor: Laura Michaelis
Erin Shay
Dissertation:  A Grammar of East Dangla: The Simple Sentence
Advisor: Zygmunt Frajzyngier
Debra Biasca
Dissertation:  Language Development in Jacobsen (11q Deletion) Syndrome: The
Interaction of Language, Cognition and Genetics
Advisor: Lise Menn 


Andrea Feldman
Dissertation:  Constructing Grammar: Fillers, Formulas and Function
Advisor: Lise Menn

Robert Jasperson
Dissertation:  Repair after Cut-off: Explorations in the Grammar of Focused Repair of
the Turn-Constructional-Unit-so-far
Advisor: Barbara Fox
Maria Thomas-Ruzic
Dissertation:  Language and Activity: We, you and I in Instructional Talk
Advisor: Barbara Fox

Julia Fisher
Dissertation:  Mental Lexicons of Children: Multiple Routes to Lexical Access with
Implications for Reading
Advisor: Alan Bell
Tilo Weber
Dissertation:  Shared Background and Repair in German Conversation
Advisor: Barbara Fox


Immanuel Barshi
Dissertation:  Effects of Linguistic Properties and Message Length on Misunderstandings
in Aviation Communication
Advisor: Zygmunt Frajzyngier


Barbara Diekmann
Dissertation:  The Mutual Shaping of Task Context and System Interface in Directory
Assistance Conversations
Advisor: Barbara Fox 


Harold ‘Skip’ Wilcox
Dissertation:  Salience Imbalance and Metaphor
Advisor: Lise Menn


Won-Ho Kim
Dissertation:  Grammatical Relations and Anaphora in Korean
Advisor: Zygmunt Frajzyngier
Randall Sparks
Dissertation:  The Structure of Self-Repair in English Conversation
Advisor: Barbara Fox
Jule Gomez de Garcia

Dissertation:  Communicative Strategies in Conversational Kickapoo
Advisor: Allan Taylor
Elizabeth O’Dowd
Dissertation:  Prepositions and Particles in English: A Discourse-Based, Unifying
Advisor: Barbara Fox


Liang Tao
Dissertation:  Zero Anaphora in Chinese: Cognitive Strategies in Discourse Processing
Advisor: Barbara Fox
Mei-Chun Liu
Dissertation:  Discourse, Grammar, and Grammaticalization: Synchronic and Diachronic
Analyses of Mandarin Adverbial markers JIU and CAI
Advisor:Barbara Fox


Eun-Il Kim
Dissertation: Voice in Korean
Advisor: Zygmunt Frajzyngier

Rebecca Burns-Hoffman
Dissertation:  A Discourse Analysis of Variation in Children's Language in pre-School, Small Group Settings
Advisor: Lise Menn 


Robert Koops
Dissertation:  Aspects of the Grammar of Kuteb
Advisor: Zygmunt Frajzyngier

Melissa Axelrod
Dissertation:  The Semantics of Temporal Categorization: the Aspectual System of
Koyukon Athabaskan
Advisor: David Rood



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