Past Theses

Class of 2017
Class of 2016
Class of 2015
Class of 2014
Class of 2013
Class of 2012
Class of 2011
Class of 2010

Class of 2017

Sophia Bauerschmidt Sweeney
Advisor: Anna De Fina
Turning Trauma into an Argument: How Immigration Lawyers Construct the Narratives of Women Seeking Asylum from Domestic Violence

Kathleen Marie Coughlin
Advisor: Jennifer Sclafani
Hamilton and Intertextuality: Constructing Coherence, Characters, and Relationships in Musical Theatre

Kaycia Voorman
Advisor: Cynthia Gordon
Translating Fidel Castro: Strategies of Spanish-English Translation in Political Texts

Mary Bridget Smith
Advisor: Lourdes Ortega
Learning a Language You’ve Never Heard: Self-Efficacy in Written English Among Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Sign-Print Bilinguals

Class of 2016

Ethan Beaman
Advisor: Amir Zeldes
This is Just a Formality: Analyzing Machine Translation for Formal Correctness

Marie Beasley
Advisor: Natalie Schilling
Assessing the Reliability of Surveys: Use of Surveys as a Source of Linguistic Authority in Criminal Cases

Emily Grau
Advisor: Lourdes Ortega
Resilience and the Refugee Learner: Trauma Exposure and Second Language Acquisition in Bhutanese Refugees

Jenna Grove
Advisor:  Mark Sicoli
I Am Who I Are: How Identity Construction Relates to Non-Standard Grammar in Music Lyrics

Michelle Klein
Advisor:  Jennifer Sclafani
Constructions of Power in Women’s Rap: A Qualitative Analysis of Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim’s Lyrics

Katerina Maylock
Advisor:  Cynthia Gordon
“I have a girl brain but a boy body”: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Representation of Transgender Individuals in English Picture Books

Raquel Rosenbloom
Advisor:  Anastasia Nylund
The EFL Experience: Factors Impacting Second Language Acquisition, Identity, and Motivation among Georgetown EFL Students

Lena Rothfarb
Advisor:  Lourdes Ortega
“I don’t think anyone actually speaks Standard English as a dialect”: An Investigation into Teacher Perceptions of their Students’ Speech

Sarah Smith
Advisor: Cynthia Gordon
I Gotchu Man *Insert GIF Here: How Coworkers Blend Work and Play Frames in Groupme Communication

Class of 2015

John Davis
Advisor: Elissa Newport
Linguistic Productivity and Where it Fails: an Empirical Test of the Tolerance Principle

Holly DiClemente
Advisor: Cynthia Gordon
Father Knows Best?: How Adult Daughters and Their Fathers Negotiate Expert Status in Conversation

Aidan Dugan
Advisor: Aubrey Logan-Terry
Repairing (interactional) Trouble on the Front Lines: An Analysis of Multimodal Repetition in U.S. Military Contexts

Stefan Gavriloski
Advisor: Elizabeth Zsiga
Japanese Vowel Devoicing by English L2 Learners

Lauren McGarry
Advisor: Ruth Kramer
Concord in East Slavic Numerical Constructions: A Cross-linguistic Assessment of Pesetsky 2013

Katherine Murray
Advisor: Jennifer Sclafani
“I Grew up Knowing how to Talk Female:” Navigating Transmasculine Gender Identities through Communicative Changes

Candice Penelton
Advisor: George Wilson
Optimizing Coreference Resolution Systems for Dialogues

Travis Richardson
Advisor: Heidi Hamilton
Gender (Re)Assignment: How German Speakers Approach Grammatical Gender Differently

Katarina Starcevic
Advisor: Anastasia Nylund
“We are making strides:” Pronominal Variation and Audience Design in America’s Horse Racing Industry

Class of 2014

Class of 2013

Anna Drabek
Advisor: Jennifer Nycz
Linguistic Identity in Advertising: Multinational Corporations and the Bilingual Context of Belgium

Marie-Sophie Guntram
Advisor: Heidi Hamilton
Perception of Teenagers’ Speech in the German Secondary School System: An Experimental Study

Tyler Holl
Advisor: Heidi Hamilton
Homophobic Slang and the Linguistic Construction of a New Gay Male Identity

Allison Melendez 
Advisor: Elizabeth Zsiga
Pitch Range of Mandarin Tones in Native English Speakers

Helen Rave
Advisor: Mark Sicoli
Gender Differences in Romantic Comedy Speech

Class of 2012

Jacqueline Fogarty
Advisor: Deborah Tannen
Lead dogs and sisters of swing: The role of gender in the language of coxswains

Kelly Phillips
Advisor: Heidi Hamilton
Fighting cancer and face threats: Establishing solidarity in an online cancer support blog community

Anne Weitzenkorn
Advisor: Jeff Connor-Linton
The negotiation of all-male friendship: Interaction between the cultural discourses of dominance and male solidarity

Class of 2011

Jessie Chiang
Advisor: Shaligram Shukla
Doing as the Romans Did: Politeness in Cicero’s Pro Roscio Amerino

Alexandria Crampton
Advisor: Jeff Connor-Linton
Learning to Teach English Language Learners: A Study of Professional Development for Teach For America Corps Members

Class of 2010

Elizabeth BalLance
Advisor: Heidi Hamilton
How doctors initiate discussion with families about end-of-life care in the context of a bad prognosis

Lauren Cucarola
Advisor: Robert Podesva
Actors and athletes: Terms of address and masculinity in all-male communities of practice

Heidi Getz
Advisor: Alison Mackey
‘Un espace plurilangue’: Three case studies of instructor English use in advanced foreign language classrooms.

Christie Gibbons
Advisor: Robert Podesva
Increased [s] duration and [+anterior] [s] production by stereotypically gay characters in Mexican media

Nicholas A Miller
Advisor: James Alatis
The Action Plan to Cultivate “Japanese with English Abilities”: Evaluating language policy effectiveness

Mariel Pullman
Advisor: Michael Ullman
Language and procedural memory in ADHD

Hannah R. Yates
Advisor: Deborah Tannen
Negotiating a relationship: Shifting alignments in a father’s letters to his daughter

Sam Zukoff
Advisor: Shaligram Shukla
Reduplication and initial-vowel lengthening in the Ancient Greek perfect-tense