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
- 1Bohach, Megan Naomi
- 1Bontogon, Megan A.
- 1Calkins, Kasandra
- 1Catherine Ford
- 1Colston, Herbert L. (Advisor)
"Socializing is my favourite": Analyzing the interplay between shyness, verbal irony use, and stereotype perceptionDownload
This thesis investigates the relationship between levels of shyness, verbal irony use, and the presence and influence of associated stereotypes. Although recent studies of personality and figurative language have addressed varying research questions, there has been little direct exploration of...
A Comparative Analysis of Manual and Vector Semantic Organisation using a Bilingual Dictionary of Plains CreeDownload
This thesis shall address the nature of, and various possible approaches to, semantic classification in a bilingual dictionary setting, in this instance, in that of a low-resource language (Plains Cree/nêhiyawêwin, ISO:crk). In doing this, we shall discuss the distinct, yet partially overlapping...
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...
The Maskwacîs Spoken Cree Dictionary Project is a collaboration between Miyo Wahkotowin Education and the University of Alberta's ALTLab. I describe how the project adapted the Rapid Word Collection Method to supplement the existing Maskwacîs Cree Dictionary and create recordings of lexical items...
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 investigates the activation of gender stereotypes through the use of reference in pronoun resolution. More precisely, the question asked in this thesis is how social stereotypes activated through the speaker's voice (based on their gender and accent) affect language processing when...
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...