Linguistics - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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Structural asymmetries and preverbal positions in Shuswap

Date created: 
1993
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Thesis
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Theses (Dept. of Linguistics) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (Ph.D.)

Error-adaptive computer-assisted language learning for German

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Date created: 
1993
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Thesis
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Theses (Dept. of Linguistics) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Complex Noun Phrases in ESL Narratives: Structural and Discourse Properties

Date created: 
2004
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This study characterizes the structural and discourse properties of nominal postmodifiers in the narratives of ESL learners. It assumes that a full understanding of language acquisition requires the integration of structural and functional aspects of language use. Spontaneous oral and written narratives were elicited from Japanese and Korean native speakers. The analysis of these narratives was informed by Biber, Johansson, Leech, Conrad, and Finegan's (1999) descriptive grammatical categories and corpus findings and by Fox and Thompson's (1990) study of relative clause function in English conversations. The discussion focuses on prepositional phrases, relative clauses, and participial clauses. The results indicate that their structural and discourse properties are largely consistent with reported English uses. Unexpected patterns are examined and tentatively explained in terms of discourse function or possible influence of the L 1. These results provide support for an approach to the study of language acquisition and use that recognizes the interdependence of discourse and grammar.

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Thesis
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Department of Linguistics - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

The Ba resultative construction : a comprehensive study of Mandarin Ba sentences

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Date created: 
1993
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Thesis
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Department: 
Theses (Dept. of Linguistics) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Spell checking in computer-assisted language learning: A study of misspellings by nonnative writers of German

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2005
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This thesis investigates spell checking in Computer-Assisted Language Learning. It analyzes nonnative misspellings and evaluates the performance of a generic spell checker. A total of 1027 unique misspellings were collected from 32 beginners and 16 intermediate university learners of German who worked on two different task types. CLASSY, a classification system for nonnative misspellings that has been developed for this thesis, is introduced. CLASSY categorizes misspellings along four taxonomies: competence vs. performance, linguistic subsystem, language influence, and target modification. Results show that 72% of the nonnative misspellings are competence-related rather than accidental typographical mistakes. Furthermore, the generic spell checker tested on the misspellings of this study corrects only 62% of them. The study also indicates that both proficiency level and task type influence the learners' misspellings and affect the spell checker's correction success. Finally, the thesis makes computational and pedagogical suggestions to enhance spell checking for foreign language writers.

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Thesis
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Department: 
Department of Linguistics - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

The interaction of vowel deletion and syllable structure constraints

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Date created: 
1994
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Thesis
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Department: 
Theses (Dept. of Linguistics) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (Ph.D.)

Indefinite "this" and the givenness hierarchy

Date created: 
1994
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Thesis
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Department: 
Theses (Dept. of Linguistics) / Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Thesis (M.A.)

Contributions to the study of aspect, with special reference to Czech

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Date created: 
1994
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Thesis
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Department: 
Theses (Dept. of Linguistics) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

A theoretical phonology of Old English

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Date created: 
1989
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Thesis
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Department: 
Theses (Dept. of Linguistics) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (Ph.D.)