Honours Theses (Linguistics)
The Honours Thesis is a piece of original research written by undergraduate students with the guidance of a faculty member over the final two semesters of the student's program.
Items in this Collection
- 1Benjamin V. Tucker
- 1Bontogon, Megan A.
- 1Catherine Ford
- 1Galloway, Megan J.
- 1Hanson, Annika K.
- 1Lau, Mildred
In this study, the linguistic contexts of the English verb THINK and its near-synonyms CONSIDER, REFLECT, and PONDER will be investigated from a corpus linguistic perspective in order to determine what, if any, contextual factors are preferentially associated with the usage of each verb....
This thesis examines the effect of political ideology on language processing. While it is well established that the semantics of language have an effect on language users’ comprehension process, there is little research on the effect of personal characteristics, particularly political ideology,...
Effects of Utterance Position and Familiarity on Mothers’ Production of Labels: An Acoustic Analysis of Child-Directed SpeechDownload
Research on child-directed speech (CDS) has hosted a debate surrounding the reason caretakers use certain acoustic-prosodic characteristics when speaking to children. This study seeks to investigate the purpose of two of these CDS characteristics: higher mean pitch (Hz) and wider pitch range...
nêhiyawêtân, a computer assisted language learning (CALL) application for Plains Cree was evaluated. User reactions and behaviours were analysed using heuristic and co-operative evaluation methods. Feedback of heritage learners and other university students on the user interface were compared....
This study is a replication of a previous study done by Atterer & Ladd (2004) looking at the prosodic contours of English and German bilinguals. Atterer & Ladd (2004) showed that segmental anchoring of prenuclear rising accents occurs in both English and German, but speakers of these languages...
We designed an exploratory pilot study to examine the nature of onomatopoeia use in Canadian 8mother’s speech to infants (12-18 months old) on the brink of a period of rapid productive vocabulary development with prevalent individual variation in vocabulary size (Fenson et al, 1994). The study...
The Effects of Changes in Vocal Loudness on Measures of Speech Physiology in Children with Cerebral Palsy and Typically Developing ChildrenDownload
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that can involve the speech motor control in a large percentage of those having the disorder. This study aims to describe respiratory and laryngeal subsystems involved in speech motor control in children with CP by investigating one of the...
Human production and perception of language, although studied for decades, is largely misunderstood. Furthermore, not all sounds in human language have been studied extensively. Typologically rare sounds arguably lack reliable documentation and research. One such sound is voiceless nasals....
This thesis presents an acoustic analysis of a collected corpus of Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan English (SASE). Acoustic information of vowels (formant values, duration, etc.) are measured for SASE monophthongs and Canadian Raising (CR) diphthongs. Variation in the acoustic properties of...