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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 adviser from the linguistics faculty, chosen in consultation with the undergraduate adviser. The thesis must be a substantial piece of work; it may be a revised and expanded version of a term paper. The thesis adviser 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.

Eugene Buckley, Temporal Morphemes in Alsea, advisor: unknown

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

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

Alicia Sattler, Metaphor Flags in Discourse, advisor: Eric Pederson

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

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

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

Shelby ArnsonTwentieth Century Sound Change in Washington DC African American English, advisor: Tyler Kendall.
Brittany ParhamDiagnosing Stress: The Accoustic Correlates of Stress in Warm Springs Iciskin.  co-advisors: Spike Gildea and Melissa Baese-Berk.



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

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

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

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

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

Jessie Erickson, Nominalization in Wapishana, advisor: Spike Gildea and Doris Payne
Tyler Haas, Honorifics and the Honorary Second Person in English: An Analysis of the Disappearance of/The/and/Thou, co-advisors: Spike Gildea and Lucien Brown
Sarah McCauley, Languages 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 Rinaldi, Perception and Production of Geminate Consonants by English speakers and Kuwaiti Arabic speakers, advisor: Melissa Redford
Gabrielle Josephson, Investigating the Acquisition of Russian Motional Prefixes in L1 English Speakers, advisor:  Anna Mikhaylova and Tyler Kendall

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