An honors thesis is a year-long project for which students, who have demonstrated academic excellence, conduct in-depth research in a topic of their own choosing.  Topics have ranged from purely linguistic concerns to those that cross over to fields such as political science, education, cognitive psychology, the biological sciences, and women’s and gender studies.  Students are advised to begin their planning for the honors program as early as possible in their studies in order to meet the requirements of the program. Complete requirements are listed here:

General Requirements:
* Overall grade point average (GPA) equal to or greater than 3.30
* GPA in Linguistics coursework of at least 3.50
* A written proposal submitted by May 1 of the junior year

Past Linguistics Honors Projects

  • Charlie Brenner, 2010. Event Segmentation and Memory Retrieval in Reading Comprehension
  • Ronny Watkins, 2010. Avatime Noun Classes
  • Amanda Richardson, 2010.  Effect of Visual Input on Vowel Production in English Speakers
  • Joanna Clark, 2010.  The Effect of Learning on Sentence Prosody in Japanese
  • Eric Weisser, 20008.  Ashkii Bizaad: Verbal Morphology Loss in One Young Speaker’s Navajo
  • Stephanie Farmer, 2008.  The Origins of Nonsense:  An Analysis of Bo’ri’va:r Sap in Khmer
  • Kobin Kendrik, 2003.  The Izzo and Language Change
  • Amy Webber, 1996. A Man’s Writing, a Woman’s Speech: The Gender Factor in Written language
  • Benjamin Matthews, 1995.  A Preliminary Investigation of Gay Male Speech
  • Lars Jönsson, 1995.  Sarcasm with Particular Reference to German
  • Susan Cox, 1995.  Relativizers  in Spoken Tibetan
  • Takanori Adachi, 1993.  Sarcasm in Japanese