Honors Program

Selection process

At the end of the junior year, if a student has a grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or better in linguistics courses and at least 3.50 overall, the student is eligible to enter the Honors Program. In consultation with the undergraduate advisor, the student may approach a tenure-line linguistics faculty member to request that the faculty member serve as the Thesis Advisor. Should a second Thesis Advisor be relevant to the research topic and willing to serve, the first Thesis Advisor and the student may agree to invite a second Thesis Advisor; this second advisor need not be a tenure-line faculty member, nor even a member of the Department of Linguistics. When the student and the Thesis Advisor(s) agree to work together, they fill out an Honors Program Form and turn it in to the Linguistics Office, where it will be placed in the student’s file. At this point, the student has entered the Honors Program.

Senior thesis

Students must write an original honors thesis under the guidance of a Thesis Advisor from the linguistics faculty, chosen in consultation with the undergraduate advisor. The thesis must be a substantial piece of work; it may be a revised and expanded version of a term paper. The Thesis Advisor determines whether the thesis is acceptable and may require the student to register for up to 6 credits in Honors Thesis (LING 403), taken pass/no pass (P/N).

Upon fulfilling these requirements, the candidate is approved to receive a B.A. degree with honors in Linguistics.


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Eugene Buckley, Temporal Morphemes in Alseaadvisor: unknown

Rhonda Fraser, Pragmatics and Word Order in Wayampi, advisor: Doris Payne

Anthea Fallen BaileyLanguage Planning and Politics: The English-only Question in the United States, advisor: Doris Payne

Alicia SattlerMetaphor Flags in Discourse, advisor: Eric Pederson

Danit TrauLanguage and Identity in Newfoundland English, advisor: Tyler Kendall
Torrey SamsonLatency analysis of Supreme Court nominees in the context of the Anita Hill hearings, advisor: Volya Kapatsinski

Shireen FarahaniVariability and Semantics of Past Habituality in Oregonian English, advisor: Tyler Kendall

Stephanie EversArgument Marking Morphology and Verb Stem Selection in Takelma, co-advisors: Scott DeLancey and Joana Jansen.

Shelby Arnson,  Twentieth Century Sound Change in Washington DC African American English, advisor: Tyler Kendall.
Brittany Parham,  Diagnosing Stress: The Accoustic Correlates of Stress in Warm Springs Iciskin.  co-advisors: Spike Gildea, Melissa Baese-Berk, and Joana Jansen, NILI.

Drew McLaughlin, Individual Variation in the Perception of Variable and Degraded Speech, advisor: Melissa Baese-Berk
Anna Robinson, Linguistic and Musical Integration: Effect of Melodic Accent on Rhythm Perception, advisor: Melissa Baese-Berk

Cyndie Davenport, Dialect Variation in English, and Investigation into the Disappearing Word Effect, advisor: Melissa Baese-Berk
Jordan A. G. Douglas,  Creating Cariban Postpositions: A Sometimes Bipartite Lexical Class, advsior: Spike Gildea
Zachary Houghton, A Cross-linguistic Study of Word Order in Binomial Expressions in English, Korean, and Japanese, advisor: Volya Kapatsinski

Chasen Afghani, The Role of Financial Rewards in Non-Native Speech Adaptation, advisor: Melissa Baese-Berk
Carissa Diantoro, Investigating the effect of 2nd language learning on the acquisition of a 3rd language rhythm pattern, advisor: Lisa Redford
Kayla Walker, The Role of Semantic Predictability in Adaptation to Nonnative-Accented Speech, advisor: Melissa Baese-Berk




J. D. Ross LeahyStressing out over Stress in Akawaio, co-advisors: Susan Guion and Spike Gildea

Johnathan ShawPitch Accent Production by Native and Non-Native Speakers of Japanese, advisor: Susan Guion 

Taeva Taeva Cantor SheflerA Comparative Analysis of Bipartite Verb Stems in American Sign Language and Klamath, advisor: Scott DeLancey

Hailey McAllisterWhose Metaphor?: Conceptual Methaphor Theory, The Nation, and the Clash of Ideology, advisor: Eric Pederson
KelseyWilsonColor Terms in Yagua, co-advisors: Doris Payne and Scott DeLancey

Ian LungerSpatial Relations in Wapishana, co-advisors:  Spike Gildea and Eric Pederson
Torrey SamsonLatency analysis of Supreme Court nominees in the context of the Anita Hill hearings, advisor: Volya Kapatsinski

Jessie EricksonNominalization in Wapishana, advisor: Spike Gildea and Doris Payne
Tyler HaasHonorifics and the Honorary Second Person in English: An Analysis of the Disappearance of/The/and/Thou, co-advisors: Spike Gildea and Lucien Brown
Sarah McCauleyLanguages and Borders: Social and linguistic Correlations for Spanish/English Bilingual Speakers in Eugene/Springfield, Oregon, advisor: Tyler Kendall

Youngju Park, South Korean Honorifics and American Politeness: Linguistic Relativity in Second Language Acquisition, co-advisors: Patricia Pashby and Lucien Brown

Rebecca Hatch, Theticity in Triyó: An Empirical Re-evaluation/, co-advisors: Spike Gildea and Doris Payne
Nina RinaldiPerception and Production of Geminate Consonants by English speakers and Kuwaiti Arabic speakers, advisor: Melissa Redford
Gabrielle JosephsonInvestigating the Acquisition of Russian Motional Prefixes in L1 English Speakers, advisor:  Anna Mikhaylova and Tyler Kendall

William LerouxEnglish Article Acquisition by Chinese Learners of English, advisor: Tyler Kendall

Hayden IgartuaLinguistic Feature Spread in Online Social Networks, co-advisors: Spike Gildea and Charlotte Vaughn

Jordan A. G. DouglasA Formal and Semantic Reconstruction of Cariban Postpositions, co-advisors: Spike Gildea and Don Daniels

Kayla Walker, The Role of Semantic Predictability in Adaptation to Nonnative-Accented Speech, advisor: Melissa Baese-Berk
**Kayla was awarded the Applied Research Award for best Clark Honors College thesis.**