Student Theses


GIAL students culminate the course of study for a masters degree by writing comprehensive examinations or a thesis. This is a list of the theses presented by GIAL students:

2017
James, Jeremiah Joy
Central Sinama Voice: A Symmetrical Analysis

2016
Grasso, Kevin
A Semantic Analysis of the Biblical Hebrew Verbal System in Prophetic Literature

2015
Walters, Josiah K.
A Grammar Sketch of Dazaga

2014
Costello, Rachael A.
Aspect and Mood in Jicaltepec Mixtec
Donet, Charles M.
The Importance of Verb Salience in the Followability of Lezgi Oral Narratives
Glennon, John J.
Syntactic Ergativity in Nehan
Pluger, Christopher J.
Translating New Testament proverb-like sayings in the style of Nsenga proverbs
Yoder, Zachariah A.
The Reliability of Recorded Text Test Scores

2013

Pennington, Ryan
Ma Manda Phonology
Sackett, Kathleen
Developing a Linguistically-Informed Community-Based Orthography with the Tsakhur in Azerbaijan

2012
Ashley, Karen C.
Semantics of Sa’a Transitive Suffixes and Thematic Consonants
Graves, Lydia Ruth
Does Speaking Proficiency Predict Biblical Reading Comprehension? A Study among L2 Swahili Speakers in Tanzania
Lee, Sung-Woo
Eastern Tamang Grammar Sketch
Lovestrand, Joseph
The Linguistic Structure of Baraïn (Chadic)
Magin, Edward Harry, Jr.
Northern Kurdish Poetic Features with an Application to Translation
McLaughlin, Carey Elizabeth
A Salience Scheme for Hmong Soud: Types of Foreground and Background Information in Narrative Discourse
Melick, Christina M.
Tone in the Mbelime Verb System
Pate, David R.
Second Position Clitics and Subordinate tfe Clauses in Pashto
Unseth, Carla
A Review of Basic Oral Language Documentation (BOLD) Methodology Based on a Phonological Sketch of Laari
Wood, Joyce K.
Valence-increasing Strategies in Urim Syntax

2011
Kim, Young Mee
Development of a National Literacy Assessment Instrument for Cross-linguistic Use in Nepal
Nicoleti, Elizabeth
Substrate influence on body-part idioms in Crioulo of Guinea-Bissau

2010
Augustin, Maryanne
Selected Features of Syntax and Information Structure in Lika
Chang, Debbie
TAPS: Checklist for Responsible Archiving of Digital Language Resources
Little, Christopher C
The Wordhood and Structure of Particle Verbs in German
Merrifield, Judith Thomas
Yao’an Lolo Grammar Sketch
Pehrson, Benjamin
Mitigation and Intensification of Persuasive Discourse in a Koine Greek Letter: Coherent Macrostructure in the Letter of James
Stone, Roger
An Automated Template Approach to Morphology and Syntax Description for Ayta Abellen (using FLEx and PAWS)

2009
Bell, Evan Robert
The Wisdom of Tajiks: An analysis of Tajik Proverbs
Jordan, Linda Christine
A study of Shara and Related Ometo Speech Varieties of Ethiopia
Wright, Jonathan Michael
Hkongso Grammar Sketch

2008
Bequette, Rebecca Lee Elaine
Participant Reference, Deixis, and Anaphora in Bunong Narrative Discourse
Chiong, Democrito
Development of a Scripture Use Model for Negrito groups in Northeastern Luzon, Philippines
Federwitz, David M.
Local Ownership in a Language Development Program: Will it Lead to Sustainable Use of Scripture?
McEvoy, Steve
Grammar of Narrative Discourse in Migabac, a Papuan (non-Austronesian) Language
Stapleton, Erik John
The Ncfe New Testament: Demonstrating the Need for a New Translation

2007

Griffis, Michael Paul
An Examination of Criteria for the Allocation of Human Resources to Missiological and Language Development Projects
Hatcher, R.Timothy
Towards Culturally Appropriate Adult Education Methodologies for the Central Asian Context, A Comparison of Central Asian and Western Education Practices
Isaac, Kendall Mark
Participant Reference in Tunen Narrative Discourse
Keating, Cristine
A Cross-Linguistic Overview of Bilabial Trills
Matthews, Thomas G.
Implicit Information in Target Language Context
Thomas, Amanda
“Walk in the Light of the Lord”: the conceptual metaphor LIFE IS A JOURNEY in preexilic prophetic writings

2006
Harris, Petrina A.
Someone Feels Something Good: A Natural Semantic Metalanguage Approach to Defining Burmese Positive Emotions
Johnson, Joel A.
Diffusion of Innovation: Introducing Mother Tongue Literacy
Rueck, Michael J.
Social Network Analysis Applied to Language Planning in the Morehead District, Papua New Guinea
Shreve, Mark D.
The Cognitive Implications of Literacy Acquisition
Troolin, David Eric
Conceptual Blending in Millenial Movements: An Application of Conceptual Blending Theory to Case Studies

2004
Chamberlain, Bradford Lynn
The Kengkha Orthography: Developing a Language in Tibetan Scriptal Environment
Dennis, Margaret Lynn
Issues in Old Testament Translation in Latin America Addressing the Bible Background Deficit
Megahan, Michael Larry
An Informal Grammar Sketch of Samburu, Including a Description of Some Narrative Discourse Features
Reutter, Amy
A Semantic Structure Analysis of the Higher Levels of Hosea
Young, Harlan W.
A Textlinguistic Approach to Exegesis of Genesis 1:1-2:4

2003
Boulden, Laura E.
An Application of Conceptual Framework Theory to Inter-language Issues in Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition
Chen, Christina Lynn
The CREATE Method: Participatory Literacy for Adult Learners
Fine, Cathryn
Extendibility on Bouyei Orthography Design: a Multilectual Approach
Heise, Jennifer Lynn
Participant Reference and Tracking in San Francisco Ozolotepec Zapotec
Huttar, Lars Andrew
Constituent Charting for Discourse Analysis: Information Model and Presentation Model

2001
Albright, Eric Scott
Design of an Electronic Method for Describing Writing Systems
Lackey, Jan Louise
Determining Key Factors Affecting Scripture Use