Our CLASP students have produced a number of distinctive MA theses and PhD dissertations under the direction of CLASP faculty. At the Master’s level, an MA thesis may be substituted for one of the four CLASP courses to fulfill the program requirements. Below is an abbreviated list of CLASP dissertations and theses.

Note: If you are a current or former CLASP student, we would like to add a citation for your dissertation or thesis to this page! Please send your information to the CLASP Director, Kira Hall, at kira.hall@colorado.edu.

PhD Dissertations

  • Rich Sandoval (2016). “Gesture-Speech Bimodalism in Arapaho Grammar: An Interactional Approach.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Nicholas Williams (2016). “Place reference and location formulation in Kula conversation.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Hernandez, Jaclyn (2015). “Pathways toward Proficiency: A case study of emerging bilingual students’ opportunities to learn academic language.” School of Education, University of Colorado.

  • Hughes, Jessica (2015). “Nothing about autistics without autistics: A critical, action implicative discourse analysis of neurodiversity advocacy online.” Department of Communication, University of Colorado.

  • Sarris, Julia S. (2015). “Returning to School: Changing Barriers and Baggage to Assets and Advantages.” School of Education, University of Colorado.

  • Davis, Jennifer (2013). “Learning to ‘Talk Indian’: Ethnolinguistic Identity and Language Revitalization in the Chickasaw Renaissance.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Raclaw, Joshua (2013). “Indexing Inferables and Organizational Shifts: ‘No’-prefaces in English Conversation.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Stadlbauer, Susanne (2012). “Displaced Islamic Identities: Language, Time, and Space in a Post 9/11 Islam.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Zimman, Lal (2012). “Voices in Transition: Testosterone, Transmasculinity, and the Gendered Voice among Female-to-Male Transgender People.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Lombas, Leith (2011). “Individualism in Action: An Investigation into the Lived Experiences of Peace Corps Volunteers.” Department of Sociology, University of Colorado.

  • Heintzelman, Lori (2009). “The Re-education of Desire: The Role of Narrative in Religious-Based Sexual Identity Transformation.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Nilep, Chad (2009). “Articulating a Transnational Family: ‘Hippo Family’ Language Learners in Japan and the USA.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Weldeyesus, Weldu (2009). “Language Socialization and Ensuing Identity Construction among Ethiopian Immigrants in Metropolitan Denver.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Hodges, Adam (2008). “The ‘War on Terror’ Narrative: The (Inter)textual Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Merrill, John Bryce (2008). “Making it, not Making it: Creating Music in Everyday Life.” Department of Sociology, University of Colorado.

  • Christof Demont-Heinrich (2005). “Insularity in the Global Linguistic Center? American ‘Prestige Press’ Discourses on English and Globalization in a Post Cold War World.” Department of Journalism, University of Colorado.

MA Theses

  • Thomas, Kahlil B. (2018). “'The toughest one we can find': Thug personae and meaning across the boundary of ethnicity." Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado. 

  • Hirschey, Olivia. (2017). "The emergent construction of feminist identity in interaction: A sociocultural linguistic approach." Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • LaPointe, Alyssa R. (2015). “On aspects of social interaction, a pair of autistic twins, and their humanness.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Manietta, Joseph (Bazil) (2015). “Translational Masculinities: The distributive performativity of gender in Korean boy bands.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Griffith, Keri. (2014). “Heteronormative Script and Social Injustice Narratives: Lesbian and Gay Argumentation Strategies in Civil Union Hearings.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • James, Solange Anduze (2014). “Trinidad English Creole: A Semiotic Marker of Caribbean Postmodern Identity.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Wagner, Irina (2014). “Language Revitalization on the Web: Technologies and Ideologies among the Northern Arapaho.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Faracini, Elizabeth (2013). “Caipira Dialect Stylization in Brazilian Telenovelas: A Sociocultural Investigation of Language Ideologies.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Buchner, Alexander (2012). “Laboratory Stylization of ‘Gay Speech’: Exploring Experimental Methodologies as a Tool for Sociocultural Linguistic Analysis.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Kolberg, Iris (2012). “‘What are you doing?’: How Improvisational Actors Use the Body in the Contextualization of the Imagined Material World.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Mells, Brandon (2012). “Membership Categories through Action: An Analysis of the Contested Morality of a Checkpoint Stop.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.

  • Balder, Sara (2005). “Language, Heterosexism, and Identity: Normative Chilean Discursive Practices.” Department of Linguistics, University of Colorado.