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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Independent research may be carried out by students as part of their regular course of study under the rubric of Linguistics 85 or Cognitive Science 85. Interested students should approach individual faculty members to serve as advisors for such projects, though the projects must be approved by the Steering Committee of the Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science.

In addition, faculty members regularly make available a number of research opportunities for undergraduate students. The nature of these opportunities is highly variable. Some are for single terms, while other require two terms or more. Some are available to any interested student, while others are only open to majors in the program. Some are strictly extra-curricular, while others may include the possibility of receiving academic credit. The follow links provide additional information on commonly available research opportunities.

Student Conference Presentations and Publications

2013

Kenny Baclawski '12 "The Kuki-Chin deictic complex: Examining interconnected reference systems." Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, January 3-6.

Jacquelyn de la Torre '10 "Valency-Changing Operations in SiSwati: Passives and Other Extensions as Arguments." Georgetown University Roundtable on  Languages and Linguistics and the Annual Conference on African Linguistics, Georgetown University, March 9

Hannah Perry '15  "Receding Traditional Eastern New England Dialect Features in Maine: A Sociophonetic Study." Paper presented at the Third Annual Hunter College Undergraduate Linguistics and Language Study Conference (HULLS-3), May 4, 2013, City University of New York

Nathan Severance '12 and Kenny Baclawski '12 (with Jim Stanford) "Interrupted transmission: A study of Eastern New England dialect features in rural central New Hampshire." Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, January 3-6.

Natalie Schrimpf '12 "Politics and dialect variation: A sociophonetic analysis of the Southern Vowel Shift in Middle Tennessee." Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, January 3-6.

Undergraduate Research Forum
Dartmouth Linguistics majors presenting their research posters at the Dartmouth College President's Undergraduate Research Forum, Alumni Hall, May 23, 2012

James Stanford and Ian Stewart in Tokyo

Ian Stewart '14 in Tokyo, Japan, August 2, 2012 (with Jim Stanford)

2012

  • Ian Stewart '14 (with Jim Stanford): The question of density: Multi-agent modeling of field data in Sui exogamous villages. Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation: Asia/Pacific 2, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tokyo, Japan, August 2.
  • Kenny Baclawski '12: "A frequency-based analysis of the modern  -s register-marking suffix."
    Presented at the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, January 7.
  • Tom Leddy-Cecere '10 & Kenny Baclawski '12 (with Jim Stanford): "Farewell to the founders: Dramatic dialect changes between eastern and western New England."
    Presented at the American Dialect Society Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, January 6.
  • Zachary De '12 "Shared experience: A sociophonetic study of gay-sounding speech." New Ways of Analyzing Variation 41, Indiana University, October 26.
  • Larry Kenny '11 (with Jim Stanford): "An agent-based simulation of gender and language variation. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 41, Indiana University, October 26.
  • Nacole Walker '11 and Kalina Newmark '11 (with Jim Stanford and Carmen Fought). "Fieldwork and minority communities." Workshop at New Ways of Analyzing Variation 41, Indiana University, October 25.

2011

  • Kenny Baclawski '12: "A New Exploration of Ongoing Change in the Moari Possession System."
    Presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation NWAV-40, Georgetown University, October 28, 2011.
  • Larry Kenny '11 (with Jim Stanford): "Testing Transmission and Diffusion with an Agent-Based Model."
    Presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation NWAV-40, Georgetown University, October 28, 2011.
  • Kenny Baclawski '12: "Fieldwork Evidence for Leveling in the Possessive System of Vernacular Maori."
    Presented at the Harvard University Undergraduate Linguistics Forum, April 9, 2011.
  • Kayla Gebeck '12: "The Cycling Success of Indigenous Language Efforts and Programs."
    Presented at the Harvard University Undergraduate Linguistics Forum, April 9, 2011.
  • Zachary De '12, Kate Miller '12 & Stephanie Pignatiello '12: "The Kinsey Scale and 'Gay-Sounding' Speech Features."
    Presented at the McGill University Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates, March 12, 2011.
  • Tom Leddy-Cecere '10, Kenny Baclawski '12, Nacole Walker '11 & Jim Stanford: "New England borderlands: A new investigation of the east-west dialect boundary." University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics 17.2: Selected papers from NWAV-39.

2010

  • Thomas Leddy-Cecere '10, Kenny Baclawski '12 & Nacole Walker '11 (with Jim Stanford and Dartmouth LING 80 Dialectology):
    "New England Borderlands: A New Investigation of the East-West Dialect Boundary." Presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation NWAV-39,
    University of Texas-San Antonio, November 4, 2010.
  • Kalina Newmark '11 & Nacole Walker '11: "Ethnic Construction on the Borderlands: 'Native-American Accented English.'"
    Presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation NWAV-39, University of Texas-San Antonio, November 4, 2010.
  • Lauren Glover '11: "The Contrast Between Top-Down Language Planning and Bottom-Up Natural Language Growth: A Case Study of Maori."
    Presented at the Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium, April 10, 2010.
  • Sarah Harris '11: "Towards Understanding SiSwati Noun Classes."
    Presented at the McGill University Canadian Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates, 2010.

2009

  • Chi Chu '10: "Stop-like modification of dental fricatives in Indian English: a preliminary study to perceptual experiments." Presented at the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Second Special Workshop on Speech, Portland, Oregon, May 23, 2009. 

2008

  • Jessica LaBrie
    Numeral Classifiers in the Mru Language
    Second Annual Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium
    Cornell University Campus, March 9, 2008
  • Nicholas Williams
    Mru Directionals and their Grammaticalization along the Verb-Affix Cline
    The Sixth Annual Harvard Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium
    Harvard University campus, April 19, 2008

2006

  • Rikker Dockum
    Convergences in Khumi and Marma morphosyntax
    The 39th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics
    University of Washington, September 17, 2006

2003

  • Hunter Brooks
    Word-Initial *b in Proto-Indo-European: Saved by the *bel-?
    1st Annual Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium at Harvard, April 19-20, 2003
  • Jennifer Conrad Bouton and Lindsay Whaley
    Grounding in Oroqen narrative: A re-analysis of 'present tense' marking
    The Chicago Linguistic Society (to appear in CLS 39, vol. 1: The main session)
  • Rachael Degenshein (photos)
    Dholuo interdentals: fricatives or affricates?
    15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences [http://shylock.uab.es/icphs/], Barcelona, Spain, August 3-9, 2003 Abstract (pdf)
  • Rachel Halsema
    Language Policy in a Pluralistic Society: The View from South Africa
    1st Annual Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium at Harvard, April 19-20, 2003
  • Elizabeth S. Norton, Stephanie Baker, and Laura Ann Petitto
    Bilingual Infants' Perception of ASL Phonetic Handshapes
    6th Annual Undergraduate Summer Workshop at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, June 8-21, 2003

2002

  • Jennifer Conrad Bouton
    Oroqen Narrative Discourse: The Use of Tense-Aspect Markers
    University of Texas at Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics 9, February 22-23, 2002
  • Steven Lulich
    The phonetics and phonology of [v] in Contemporary Standard Russian
    University of Texas at Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics 9, February 22-23, 2002
    and
    University of Stuttgart graduate program in experimental phonetics, June, 2002
  • Paul Thompson and Steven Lulich
    Lexicon Development and the Infosphere
    Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, Question Answering Workshop
    Las Palmas, Spain, May 28, 2002

1996

  • Lenore Grenoble and Matthew Riley
    The Role of Deictics in Discourse Coherence: French voici/voila and Russian vot/von
    Journal of Pragmatics, 1996, 25:6, 819-838

Last Updated: 9/27/13