Pre-Defense Dissertation Drafts

A PDF version of your dissertation must be submitted to the department office at least two weeks from the defense. The title page should contain a clear indication that this is a ‘pre-defense draft.’

Note: This replaces the old requirement that a copy of the dissertation must be placed in the reading room.


Final Dissertations

A PDF version of the final approved version of the dissertation must be submitted to the department office. (This replaces the old requirement that the department has to receive a hard copy of the dissertation.)

This list contains recent dissertations. Older dissertations are available in ScholarSpace, the UH Institutional Repository.

Aragon, Carolina. (2014) A Grammar of Akuntsú, A Tupían Language (PDF).

Baker, C.M. Kaliko. (2012) A-Class Genitive Subject Effect: A Pragmatic and Discourse Grammar Approach to A- and O- Class Genitive Subject Selection in Hawaiian (PDF).

Barlow, Russell. (2018) A Grammar of Ulwa.

Belew, Anna (2020) Sociolinguistic Documentation of Language Shift and Maintenance in Iyasa (PDF).

Bloyd, Tobias (2020) Sula: Its Language, Land, and People

Chacon, Thiago. (2012) The Phonology and Morphology of Kubeo: The Documentation, Theory, and Description of an Amazonian Language (PDF).

Chen, Victoria. (2017) A Reexamination of the Philippine-Type Voice System and its Implications for Austronesian Primary-Level Subgrouping.

Chen, Yen-ling (2018) Proto-Ong-Be

Choe, Jinsun. (2012) Children Seem to Know Raising: Raising and Intervention in Child Language (PDF).

Chong, Peter. (2019) The Effect of Talker Nativeness on the Perception of Voicing in Syllable-Initial Plosives

Clark, Brenda. (2017) A Grammatical Sketch of Sivia Sign Language (PDF).

Dennison, Heeyeon Yoon. (2010) Processing Implied Meaning Through Contrastive Prosody (PDF).

Ellis, Jim. (2012) Saipan Carolinian, One Chuukic Language Blended from Many (PDF). 

Enyo, Yumiko. (2013) Exploring Senpai-Koohai Relationaships in Club Meetings in a Japanese University (PDF).

Furukawa, Toshiaki. (2011) Humor-ing the Local: Multivocal Performance in Stand-Up Comedy in Hawai’i (PDF).

Gao, Katie. (2017) Dynamics of Language Contact in China: Ethnolinguistic Diversity and Variation in Yunnan (PDF).

Glenn, Akiemi. (2002) Wayfinding in Pacific Linguascapes: Negotiating Tokelau Linguistic Identities in Hawai’i (PDF).

Grama, James. (2015) Variation and Change in Hawai’i Creole Vowels (PDF).

Guerin, Valerie.  (2008) Discovering Mavea: Grammar, Texts, and Lexicon.

Hafford, James. (2015) Wuvulu Grammar and Vocabulary (PDF).

Hara, Yukie. (2014) Sentence Comprehension of Event Structure in English and Japanese: An Evaluation of the Interaction between Grammatical Aspect and Lexical Aspect (PDF).

Hardeman, Kate. (2013) Gender and Second Language Style: American Learners Perceptions and use of Mandarin Sajiao (PDF).

Hatfield, Hunter. (2010) Temporal Expectancy and the Experience of Statistics in Language Processing (PDF).

Hattori, Ryoko. (2012) Preverbal Particles in Pingelapese: A Language of Micronesia (PDF).

Hauk, Bryn (2020) Deixis and Reference Tracing in Tsova-Tush (PDF).

Heaton, Raina. (2017) A Typology of Antipassives, with Special Reference to Mayan (PDF).

Henke, Ryan (2020) The First Language Acquisition of Nominal Inflection in Northern East Cree: Possessives and Nouns (PDF).

Heston, Tyler. (2015) The Segmental and Suprasegmental Phonology of Fataluku (PDF).

Huang, Karen. (2012) A Study of Neutral-Tone Syllables in Taiwan Mandarin (PDF).

Iannucci, David (2019) – The Hachijō Language of Japan: Phonology and Historical Development

Ilic, Tatjana. (2013) Modality and Causation in Serbian Dative Anticausatives: A Crosslinguistic Perspective (PDF).

Indjieva, Elena. (2009) Oirat Tones and Break Indices (O-ToBI) Intonational Structure of the Oirat Language.

Jackson, Jason. (2014) A Grammar of Irarutu, A Language of West Papua, Indonesian, with Historical Analysis.

Jackson, Kyuseek Hwang. (2008) The Effect of Information Structure on Korean Scrambling.

Joo, Kum Jeong. (2014) Children’s Interpretation of the Korean Reflexive Pronouns Caki and Caki-Casin (PDF).

Kang, Sang Gu. (2011) English Attrition in Korean-english Bilingual Children (PDF).

Kim, Chae-Eun. (2013) Asymmetries in the Production of Relative Clauses: First and Second Language Acquisition (PDF).

Kim, Jinsook. (2012) Comprehension of Elided Phrases in Korean and English: VP-Ellipsis, Null Object Constructions, and One-Subtitution (PDF).

KIM, Jonny. (2018) Socially-conditioned links between words and phonetic realizations.

Kim, Soyoung. (2011) Focus Particles at Syntactic, Semantic and Pragmatic Interfaces: The Acquisition of Only and Even in English (PDF).

Kirtley, M. Joelle. (2015) Language, Identity, and Non-Binary Gender in Hawai’i (PDF).

Ko, Insung. (2013) The Articulation of Korean Koronal Obstruents: Data from Heritage Speakers and Second Language Learners (PDF).

Kuo, Jonathan Cheng-Chuen. (2015) Argument Alternation and Argument Structure in Symmetrical Voice Languages: A Case Study of Transfer Verbs in Amis, Puyuma, and Seediq (PDF).

Kupchik, John. (2011) A Grammar of Eastern Old Japanese Dialects (PDF).

Kwak, Hye-Young. (2010) Scope Interpretation in First and Second Language Acquisition: Numeral Quantifiers and Negation (PDF).

Lau, Elaine. (2016) Acquisition of Relative Clauses in Cantonese: A Multi-Factorial Analysis (PDF).

Lee, Nala Huiying. (2014) A Grammar of Baba Malay with Sociophonetic Considerations (PDF).

Lee, On-Soon. (2014) Individual Differences in First and Second Language Sentence Processing: Evidence from Statistical Learning.

Lee, Sunyoung. (2009) Interpreting Scope Ambiguity in First and Second Language Processing: Universal Quantifiers and Negation.

Liu, Nian. (2012) The Effect of Naming Systems on the Acquisition of and Reasoning about Time Concepts (PDF).

Liu, Tsai-Hsiu (Dorinda). (2011) Complementation in Three Formosan Languages – Amis, Mayrinax Atayal and Tsou (PDF).

Lobel, Jason. (2013) Philippine and North Bornean Languages: Issues in Description, Subgrouping, and Reconstruction (PDF).

Miyakoshi, Tomoko. (2009)  Investigating ESL Learners’ Lexical Collocations: The Acquisition of Verb and Noun Collocations by Japanese Learners of English.

Muagututi’a, Grant. (2018) Recovering Ergativity in Heritage Samoan

Nomura, Jun. (2008)  Japanese Postposing: The Role of Early Discourse Pragmatics.

O’Brien, Colleen.  (2018) A Grammatical Description of Kamsá, A Language Isolate of Colombia

Odango, Emerson Lopez. (2015) Afféú fangani ‘join together’: A morphophonemic analysis of possessive suffix paradigms and a discourse-based ethnography of the elicitation session in Pakin Lukunosh Mortlockese (PDF).

Oiwa-Bungard, Mayumi. (2017) Morphology and syntax of gerunds in Truku Seediq: A third function of Austronesian “voice” morphology

Okura, Eve. (2017) Language Nests and Language Acquisition: An Empirical Analysis.

Polley, Carl. (2012) Metaphors for Happiness in English and Mandarin Chinese.

Rarrick, Samantha. (2017) A Tonal Grammar of Kere (Papuan) in Typological Perspective.

Rentz, Bradley. (2018) Pohnpei sohte ehu: A survey- and discourse-based approach to language attitudes on Pohnpei.

Ross, Melody. (2017) Attitudes Towards Tetun Dili, a Language of East Timor.

Sato, Hiroko. (2013) Grammer of Kove: An Austronesian language of the West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea (PDF).

Sato, Manami. (2010) Massage in the “Body”: Effects of Simulation in Sentence Production (PDF).

Schuelke, Peter. (2020) Grammatical Relations and Syntactic Ergativitiy in Roviana: A little-described language of Solomon Islands

Shin, Gyu-Ho. (2020) Connecting Input to Comprehension: First Language Acquisition of Active Transitives and Suffixal Passives by Korean-Speaking Preschool Children

Smith, Alexander. (2017) The Languages of Borneo: A Comprehensive Classification (PDF).

STABILE, Claire. (2019) – “It’s Like, You Know”: Variation in the Production and Social Perception of Discourse-Pragmatic Like in Pidgin and Hawai’i English

Stojanovic, Diana. (2013) Cross-Lingusitic Comparison of Rhythmic and Phonotactic Similarity (PDF).

Tanaka, Nozomi. (2016) An Asymmetry in the Acquisition of Tagalog Relative Clauses (PDF).

Tang, Apay (Ai-Yu). (2011) From Diagnosis to Remedial Plan: A Psycholinguistic Assessment of Language Shift, L1 Proficiency, and Language Planning in Truku Seediq (PDF).

Thepboriruk, Kanjana. (2015) Thai in Diaspora: Language and Identity in Los Angeles, California (PDF).

Tran, Jennie. (2011) The Acquisition of Vietnamese Classifiers (PDF).

Ueki, Kaori. (2011) Prosody and Intonation of Western Cham (PDF).

Van Way, John.  (2018) The Phonetics and Phonology of Nyagrong Minyag, an Endangered Language of Western China.

Walworth, Mary. (2015) The Language of Rapa Iti: Description of a Language in Change (PDF).

Yamada, Fumiko. (2014) Māori as Phrase-Based Language (PDF).

Yang, Sejung. (2018) Assessing Language Knowledge in Jeju: Vocabulary and Verbal Patterns in Jejueo and English