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Doctoral Alumni


  • Yi, Eunkyung
    Part-time lecturer, Seoul National University, South Korea
    Dissertation: Exploring the Cognitive Underpinnings of the Correspondence between Verb Meaning and Syntax
  • Yu, Hye Jeong
    Dissertation: The Development of Obstruent Consonants in Bilingual Korean-English Children
  • Hatfield, Adam
    Assistant Professor, Centralia Collage, Centralia WA
    Disstertation: A grammar of Mehek
  • Jin, Dawei
    Lecturer, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
    Dissertation: The Semantic-Pragmatics Interface and Island Constraints in Chinese


  • Asao, Yoshihiko
    Researcher, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Tokyo, Japan.
    Dissertation:Left-Right Asymmetries in Words: A Processing-Based Account
  • Heider, Paul
    Development Manager, SmartFocus, NY.
    Dissertation: The Semantics of Optionality
  • Kalinowski, Cristin
    Instructor, D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY
    Dissertation: A Typology of Morphosyntactic Encoding of Focus in African Languages
  • Lee, Ji Won
    Technical Writer, OSIsoft, San Leandro, CA
    Dissertation: A Corpus-Based Study of Change and Variation in Much, Many, Far and Often as Negative Polarity Items
  • Mitchell, Alice
    Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bristol
    Dissertation: Linguistic Avoidance and Social Relations in Datooga
  • Sposato, Adam
    Translator, Beijing Century Text Translation Ltd.
    Dissertation: A Grammar of Xong
  • Wetta, Andrew
    Senior Software Engineer, 3M Health Information Systems, Silver Spring, MD.
    Dissertation: Construction-based approaches to flexible word order


  • Brocher, Andreas
    Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Cologne.
    Dissertation: When non-commitment makes sense: an experimental approach to the retrieval and mental representation of irregular polysemes
  • Yik, Ting Fen
    Language Engineer – Multilingual Systems, SmartFocus, NY.
    Dissertation: A predictive modelling analysis of Vietnamese tonogenesis


  • Boffemmyer, Justin
    Foreign Instructor, Mie University, Faculty of Humanities
    Dissertation: Attribution and Clausal Nominalization in Japanese
  • Uchihara, Hiroto
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Georgetown University
    Dissertation: Tone and accent in Oklahoma Cherokee


  • Beach, Matthew
    Dissertation: Studies in Inuktitut Grammar
  • Dery, Jeruen
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Zentrum fur Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, Germany
    Dissertation: Scene-Salience-Driven Effects in Discourse Processing
  • Lovegren, Jesse
    Environmental Permit Specialist, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    Dissertation: Mungbam grammar
  • Painter, Robert
    Lecturer of Linguistics, Linguistics Program, Northeastern University
    Dissertation: Acoustic and Perceptual Explanations for Rhotacism in Latin and Germanic
  • Poornima, Shakthi
    Product Manager at Alteryx, Inc., Boulder, CO
    Dissertation: Hindi Complex Predicates at the Syntax-Semantics Interface
  • Sun, Kuo Chan
    Faculty Lecturer, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
    Dissertation: The Role of Lexical Tone in L2 Mandarin


  • Frank, Michael
    LEAP Project Core/Sr. Training Specialist (German); General Dynamics Information Technology Navy/Air Force Solutions
    Dissertation: Language Maintenance and Change among the Swiss Mennonites of the Waterloo Region, Ontario
  • Hasegawa, Akio
    Lecturer of Japanese, East Tennessee State University
    Dissertation: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Japanese Focus Particles
  • Kang, Sang-gu
    Assistant Professor, Hansung University, Seoul
    Dissertation: Inclusive Focus Particles in English and Korean
  • Kimura, Kazunori
    Dissertation: Pragmatic Implicatures and Particles in Japanese
  • Mahonen, Kirsta
    Dissertation: The Productivity of Finnish Vowel Harmony: an Analysis of Disharmonic Words
  • Petrova, Nyurguyana
    Senior linguist at NTENT, San Francisco, CA
    Dissertation: Lexical and Clause-Linkage Properties of the Converbal Constructions in Sakha (Yakut)


  • Fried, Robert
    Adjunct Faculty at the University of North Dakota
    Dissertation: A Grammar of Bao-an Tu, A Mongolic Language of Northwest China
  • Lambert, Silke
    Researcher, Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf, Germany, Scientific Collaborator
    Dissertation: Towards a Typology of Dative Uses
  • O’Meara, Carolyn
    Assistant Research Professor, Seminario de Lenguas Indígenas, Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    Dissertation: Seri Landscape Classification and Spatial Reference


  • Hsiao, Hui-Chen
    Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU)
    Dissertation: Motion Event Descriptions and Manner-of-Motion Verbs in Mandarin
  • Paauw, Scott
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, University of Rochester
    Dissertation: The Malay Contact Varieties of Eastern Indonesia: A Typological Comparison
  • Perez Baez, Gabriela
    Curator, Department of Anthropology, Smitsonian National Museum of Natural History
    Dissertation: Endangerment of a Transnational Language: The Case of San Lucas Quiavini Zapotec
  • Perkins, Marla
    Dissertation: There and Back Again: Discourse and Pragmatic Strategies for Describing Spatial Locations in Narrative Fiction
  • Romero Mendez, Rodrigo
    Assistant Research Professor, Seminario de Lenguas Indígenas, Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    Dissertation: A Descriptive Grammar of Ayutla Mixe (Tukyo’m Ayuujk)
  • Sheffer, Anne Colette
    Dissertation: Facework in Coercive Encounters: Evidence from Police Field Interrogations


  • Belloro, Valeria
    Assistant Research Professor, Centro de Estudios Lingüísticos y Literarios, Facultad de Lenguas y Letras, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro
    Dissertation: Spanish Clitic Doubling. A Study of the Syntax-Pragmatics Interface.
  • Chief, Lianchen
    Lecturer, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA
    Dissertation: Induced Change of State Verbs in Mandarin Chinese.
  • Ishiyama, Osamu
    Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, Soka University of America
    Dissertation: Diachronic Perspectives on Personal Pronouns in Japanese
  • Kim, Taeho
    Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Language and Information, Pusan National University, Korea
    Dissertation: Subject and Object Markings in Conversational Korean
  • Miura, Hidematsu
    Associate Professor, Mukogawa Women’s University
    Dissertation: Grammatical Relations, Reflexives and Pseudo-Raising in Japanese
  • Sugiyama, Yukiko
    Assistant Professor, Keio University, Japan
    Dissertation: The Nature of Japanese Pitch Accent: An Experimental Study


  • Abe, Sayaka
    Assistant Professor, Middlebury College, VT
    Dissertation: Space, Time, Subjectivity and Beyond: the Cognitive-Semantic Development of the Japanese marker –te-shimau
  • Cornish, Jennifer
    Independent Research Consultant, Berkeley, CA
    Dissertation: History of Germanic: Verner’s Law and Unstressed Vowel Reduction and Loss
  • Graves, Thomas
    University of Central Oklahoma, Adjunct Professor
    Dissertation: Grammar of Hile Sherpa
  • Hong, Sunyoung
    Assistant Professor, Kyungnam University, Korea
    Dissertation: The Phonetics of Daegu Korean Lexical Prosody
  • Kawachi, Kazuhiro
    Associate Professor, National Defense Academy of Japan
    Dissertation: A Grammar of Sidaama (Sidamo), a Cushitic Language of Ethiopia
  • Kim, Myoyoung
    Educational Measurement Specialist in Test Analysis and Design, Defense Language
    Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) in Monterey, CA
    Dissertation: Monolingual and Bilingual Language Processing: A Study of Korean, English, and Korean-English Speech Errors
  • Kuriyama, Keiko
    Assistant Professor of Japanese, Indiana University
    Dissertation: The Status of the Mora in Japanese Speech Production Planning: A Developmental Study of the Mora
  • Lehnert-LeHouillier, Heike
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Rochester
    Dissertation: The Perception of Vowel Quantity: A Cross-Linguistic Investigation



  • Binns, Kathleen
    Assistant Professor of English, Department of English, USAF Academy Colorado, 2354 Fairchild Hall, Suite 6D115, 80840
    Dissertation: Content Questions in American Sign Language
  • Conklin, Kathryn
    Lecturer, School of English Studies, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG72RD, United Kingdom
    Dissertation: Bilingual Access to Interlingual Homographs: Examination of Effects of Sentential Context, Word Frequency, and Proficiency
  • Eschenberg, Ardis
    Dean of Academic Affairs, Windward Community College, Kaneohe, HI
    Dissertation: The Article System of UmoNhoN
  • Low, Mei-Han
    Translation Dept., Lingnan University, Hong Kong
    Dissertation: The Phenomenon of the Word THE in English
  • McDaniels, Todd
    Assistant Professor, Comanche Nation College, Lawton, OK
    Dissertation: Establishing perspective in Comanche Narrative
  • Guerrero-Valenzuela, Lilian Graciela
    UNAM (Autonomous National University of Mexico) Mexico City
    Dissertation: The syntax-semantic interface in Yaqui complex constructions, a Role and Reference Grammar Analysis (Download Index, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)


  • Horner, Kristine
    Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Luxembourg Studies, Department of Germanic Linguistics, The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Dissertation: Negotiating the Language-Identity Link: Media Discourse and Nation-Building in Luxembourg


  • Bloomquist, Jennifer
    Associate Professor and the Director of Africana Studies at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
    Dissertation: Cross-cultural semantic acquisition: Evidence from over-extensions in child language
  • Imai, Shingo
    Professor, Tsukuba University, Japan
    Dissertation: Spatial Deixis.
  • Kodama, Tomiko
    Associate Professor, Kyoko Pharmaceutical University, Japan
    Dissertation: Japanese Aspectual Compound Verbs and the Verbal Affixes: An attempt at a Cognitive Semantic Analysis
  • McClive, Thomas
    Dissertation: The Social Accommodation Model in the Discourse of Pragmatic Opposition
  • Ng, Eve
    Dissertation: Demonstrative words in the Algonquian Language Passamaquoddy: A descriptive and grammaticalization analysis
  • Paris, Luis
    Professor, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, UNCuyo
    Dissertation: Grammatical Encoding of Event Relations: Gerund Phrases in Spanish


  • Davidson, Matthew
    Dissertation: Studies in Southern Wakashan (Nootkan) Grammar
  • Krainz, Stacy
    Dissertation: Professionalism vs. Audience Appeal in News Analysis Discussions: A Journalist’s Dilemma
  • Muansuwan, Nuttanart
    Assistant Prof. Computer Engineering Department King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
    Dissertation: Verb Complexes in Thai
  • Toratani, Kiyoko
    Associate Professor of Japanese, York University
    Dissertation: The morphoyntax and the logical structures of compound verbs in Japanese(Download parts I, II, III)


  • Im, Sung-Chool
    Dissertation: Typological Patterns of Motion Verbs in Korean
  • Kopris, Craig
    Dissertation: A Grammar and Dictionary of Wyandot
  • Melinger, Alissa
    Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Psychology Department, University of Dundee
    Dissertation: Morphological Complexity in English Prefixed Words: An Experimental Investigation
  • Rangkupan, Suda
    Chulalongkorn University Language Institute, English as an International Language Graduate Program
    Dissertation:Linguistic Characteristics of Psychological Perspective in Thai Narrative Discourse



  • Han, Jeonghan
    Dissertation: Grammatical Coding of Information Structure in Korean: A Role & Reference Grammar (RRG) Account (Download Chapter 1 & 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Kang, Kyung-Shim
    Dissertation: The Phonetics and Phonology of Korean and Thai Obstruents
  • Min, Haesik
    Dissertation: The Organization of Korean Spatial Concepts and Its Implications for the Korean-English Bilingual Lexicon
  • Wan, I-Ping
    Dissertation: Mandarin Phonology: Evidence from Speech Errors
  • Wells-Jensen, Sheri
    Dissertation: Cognitive Correlates of Linguistic Complexity: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison of Errors in Speech


  • Diessel, Holger
    Dissertation: Demonstratives in Cross linguistic and Diachronic Perspectives
  • Lee, Heechul
    Dissertation:The Syntax and Semantics of the Korean Periphrasic Causative Construction
  • Mushin, Ilana
    Dissertation: Evidentiality and Epistemological Stance in Macedonian, English, and Japanese Narrative
  • Watanabe, Noriko
    Dissertation: A Functional Study of Character Introduction in Japanese Narrative: Examples from Oral Storytelling and Written Stories



  • Bumatay, Rosalina
    Dissertation: A Focus Group Approach to the Study of Narrative Reading
  • Honda, Isao
    Professor, Nagoya College, Japan
    Dissertation: Negation: A Cross-Linguistic Study
  • Kemmerer, David
    Dissertation: An Investigation of Syntactic Comprehension Deficits in Parkinson’s Disease
  • Madera, Monica
    Dissertation: The Role of Language in the Perception of Ethnic Identity: The Case of the Buffalo Latino Hispanic/Hispanic Community




  • Li, Frank
    Dissertation: A Diachronic Study of V-V Compounds in Chinese
  • Whaley, Lindsay
    Dissertation: The status of Obliques in Linguistic Theory