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Morphosyntax of Wangka, a dialect of Rembong-Riung
This dissertation presents an analysis of the morphosyntax of Wangka, a dialect of Rembong-Riung, a language spoken in west-central Flores in eastern Indonesia. Wangka is spoken by about 5,000 people in three villages, ...
Framing the 2016 election: Politicians, parties, and perspectives
This dissertation offers a new model to analyze political rhetoric: political Frames of Reference (FoRs) which analogically map our ability to describe navigating in three-dimensional space onto the ideological need to ...
Status Planning and Regional Identity: The Case of Osing in Banyuwangi, Indonesia
Due to recent, state-sponsored language and status planning efforts, Osing (ISO 639-3: osi) is currently experiencing a renaissance, resulting in increased language use and the emergence of a new Osing identity. Osing has ...
Schema-guided comprehension of noun-noun compounds: An experimental and corpus-based approach
This dissertation provides evidence that the comprehension of noun-noun compounds is guided by probabilistic knowledge of the structures of things, events, and situations. These structures are what we refer to as “schemas”. ...
When Laughter Fades: Individual Participation During Open-Mic Comedy Performances
Audiences have traditionally been defined and characterized by the collective responses they produce – behaviors such as clapping, laughing, booing, and the like. But during the course of speaker-audience interactions, ...
The sociolinguistic impact of (sub-)urbanization: Mapping /ai/ variation across Houston
Major demographic transformations in the United States have shifted the country’s population into large urban areas, and have reshaped its dialect boundaries. Despite this, urbanization is a relatively new area of study ...