Berkeley Linguistics Dissertations

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Berkeley Ph.D. dissertations on American Indian languages and linguistics

YearAuthorTitleAdvisor
1905Pliny Earle GoddardMorphology of the Hupa language [publication PDF]Benjamin Ide Wheeler
1932Charles VoegelinA characterization of the Kern River Shoshonean language [publication PDF]A. L. Kroeber
1955William BrightA grammar of the Karok languageMary Haas
1957Sydney LambMono grammar [PDF]Mary Haas
1959Phillip BarkerThe Klamath languageMary Haas
1959William ShipleyMaidu grammarMary Haas
1960Sylvia BroadbentA grammar of Southern Sierra MiwokMary Haas
1961Robert OswaltA Kashaya grammar (Southwestern Pomo)Mary Haas
1962Wick MillerThe Acoma languageMary Haas
1962Karl TeeterThe Wiyot languageMary Haas
1963Catherine CallaghanA grammar of the Lake Miwok language [PDF]Mary Haas
1963Terrence KaufmanTzeltal grammar [PDF]William Shipley
1963Esther MattesonThe Piro (Arawak) language [PDF]Mary Haas
1963Harvey PitkinWintu grammar [PDF]Mary Haas
1964William JacobsenA grammar of the Washo language [PDF]Mary Haas
1965Haruo AokiNez Perce grammar [PDF]William Shipley
1965Mary FosterThe Tarascan language [PDF]Wallace Chafe
1966James CrawfordThe Cocopa language [PDF]Mary Haas
1966Margaret LangdonA grammar of Diegueño: The Mesa Grande dialect [PDF]Mary Haas
1966Sally McLendonThe Eastern Pomo languageMary Haas
1966Shirley SilverThe Shasta language [PDF]Mary Haas
1967Russell UltanKonkow grammar [PDF]Mary Haas
1968Thomas CollordYokuts grammar: Chukchansi [PDF]Terrence Kaufman
1968Mary MarinoA dictionary of Winnebago: An analysis and reference grammar of the Radin lexical fileDell Hymes
1969Una CangerAnalysis in outline of Mam, a Mayan language [PDF]Francis Whitfield
1969David RoodA Wichita grammar: A generative semantic sketchWallace Chafe
1969Brian StrossAspects of language acquisition by Tzeltal childrenBrent Berlin
1969Allan TaylorA grammar of Blackfoot [PDF]Mary Haas
1970Victor GollaHupa grammar [PDF]Mary Haas
1970Julius MoshinskySoutheastern Pomo grammar [PDF]Mary Haas
1970Alva WheelerA grammar of the Siona language, Colombia, South America [PDF]Terrence Kaufman
1971Victor GirardProto-Carib phonologyWallace Chafe
1971Robert HollowA Mandan dictionary
1971Mauricio MixcoKiliwa grammarMary Haas
1972Richard ApplegateIneseno Chumash grammar [PDF]Madison Beeler
1972Douglas ParksA grammar of PawneeMary Haas
1972Bruce PearsonA grammar of Delaware: Semantics, morpho-syntax, lexicon, phonologyMary Haas
1972Leonard TalmySemantic structures in English and Atsugewi [PDF]William Wang
1974Michael NicholsNorthern Paiute historical grammar [PDF]Mary Haas
1975Geoffrey GambleWikchumni grammarMary Haas
1977Joseph DavidsonA contrastive study of the grammatical structures of Aymara and Cuzco KechuaMary Haas
1977Brent GallowayA grammar of Chilliwack Halkomelem [PDF]Mary Haas
1977Kathryn KlarTopics in historical Chumash grammar [PDF]Madison Beeler
1977Marc OkrandMutsun grammar [PDF]Mary Haas
1977Robert Van ValinAspects of Lakhota syntax [PDF]Wallace Chafe
1978Jean-Pierre BelandAtikamekw morphology and lexicon [PDF]Mary Haas
1980Kenneth WhistlerProto-Wintun kin classification: A case study in reconstruction of a complex semantic system [PDF]Mary Haas
1981Anthony WoodburyStudy of the Chevak dialect of Central Yup'ik Eskimo [PDF]Mary Haas
1981Jon DayleyTzutujil grammar [PDF]Wallace Chafe
1981John Du BoisThe Sacapultec language [PDF]Wallace Chafe
1982David ShaulA grammar of Nevome [PDF]Jesse Sawyer
1983Alan ShaterianPhonology and dictionary of Yavapai [PDF]Leanne Hinton
1985Alice ShepherdThe Yukian language family [PDF]Wallace Chafe
1986Amy DahlstromPlains Cree morphosyntax [PDF]Wallace Chafe
1987Monica MacaulayMorphology and cliticization in Chalcatongo Mixtec [PDF]Leanne Hinton
1987Mary Catherine O'ConnorTopics in Northern Pomo grammar [PDF]Charles Fillmore
1987Katherine TurnerAspects of Salinan grammar [PDF]Wallace Chafe
1988Thomas LarsenManifestations of ergativity in Quiché grammar [PDF]Wallace Chafe
1988Martha MacriA descriptive grammar of Palenque Mayan [PDF]Leanne Hinton
1988James WattersTopics in Tepehua grammar [PDF]Charles Fillmore and Robert Van Valin
1991Herbert LuthinRestoring the voice in Yanan traditional narrative: Prosody, performance and presentational formLeanne Hinton
1991Lawrence MorganDescription of the Kutenai language [PDF]Leanne Hinton
1991Stephen WilsonPatterns of change in prosodic systems [PDF]Gary Holland
1992Eugene BuckleyTheoretical aspects of Kashaya phonology and morphology [PDF]Larry Hyman
1994David CostaThe Miami-Illinois language [publication link]Richard Rhodes
1997 Anna BergeTopic and discourse structure in West Greenlandic agreement constructions [PDF]Richard Rhodes
1999Jocelyn AhlersProposal for the use of cognitive linguistics in Hupa language revitalization [PDF]Eve Sweetser
2002Brian Bielenberg"Who will sing the songs?" Language renewal among Puebloan adolescentsLily Wong Fillmore
2003Laura Buszard-WelcherConstructional polysemy and mental spaces in Potawatomi discourse [PDF]Richard Rhodes
2003Mary RomeroPerpetuating the Cochiti way of life: A study of child socialization and language shift in a Pueblo communityLily Wong Fillmore
2004Rosemary Beam de AzconaA Coatlán-Loxicha Zapotec grammar [PDF]Leanne Hinton
2004Lisa ConathanThe linguistic ecology of Northwestern California: Contact, functional convergence and dialectology [PDF]Andrew Garrett
2004Christine SimsMaintaining an oral language tradition: A study of language maintenance in the Acoma Pueblo communityLily Wong Fillmore and Leanne Hinton
2005William WeigelYowlumne in the twentieth century [PDF]Leanne Hinton
2007Wesley LeonardMiami language reclamation in the home: A case study [PDF]Leanne Hinton
2007Esther WoodThe semantic typology of pluractionality [PDF]Andrew Garrett
2008Gabriela CaballeroChoguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara) phonology and morphology [PDF]Andrew Garrett
2008Cheryl CrawleyCultures out of sync: Bilingual education on the Crow Indian ReservationStanley Brandes
2008Christian DiCanioThe phonetics and phonology of San Martín Itunyoso Trique [PDF]Keith Johnson
2008Yuni KimTopics in the phonology and morphology of San Francisco del Mar Huave [PDF]Sharon Inkelas
2009Teresa McFarlandThe phonology and morphology of Filomeno Mata Totonac [PDF]Sharon Inkelas
2010Erin HaynesPhonetic and phonological acquisition in endangered languages learned by adults: A case study of Numu (Oregon Northern Paiute) [PDF]Alice Gaby and Leanne Hinton
2012Ramón Escamilla, Jr.An updated typology of causative constructions: Form-function mappings in Hupa (California Athabaskan), Chungli Ao (Tibeto-Burman) and beyond [PDF]Eve Sweetser
2012Hannah HaynieStudies in the history and geography of California languages [PDF]Andrew Garrett2013Justin SpenceLanguage Change, Contact, and Koineization in Pacific Coast Athabaskan [PDF]Andrew Garrett2014John Sylak-GlassmanDeriving Natural Classes: The Phonology and Typology of Post-Velar Consonants [PDF]Sharon Inkelas2015Stephanie FarmerEstablishing Reference in Máíhɨ̃ki [PDF]Lev Michael2017Clare SandyProsodic Prominence in Karuk [PDF]Andrew Garrett and Sharon Inkelas2017Kayla BegayWailaki Grammar [PDF]Andrew Garrett and Justin Spence2017Katherine SardinhaThe Semantics of Kʷak̓ʷala Object Case [PDF]Line Mikkelsen

My principal interest is in historical and comparative linguistics, focusing on linguistic reconstruction within the Niger-Congo language family, as well as phonology and morphology from a historical perspective. Within Niger-Congo, I work mainly on the reconstruction and internal classification of the Senegambian languages of the North Atlantic branch, and also on the Bantu language family.

Of the Senegambian languages, I have worked with speakers of Sereer, Noon, and Wolof, and have also worked on Fula and the Cangin languages, focusing on lexical and morpho-phonological reconstruction. I am especially interested in the historical evolution of the noun class and consonant mutation systems which are prevalent in the area. One of my ongoing goals is to reassess the current hypotheses of the internal classification of these languages, disentangling linguistic features spread by areal contact from those passed down through genetic inheritance.

Within Bantu, I have worked first-hand on Herero (Namibia: R30) and Lulamogi (Uganda: JE16), dealing also with the history of the R-Zone languages as a whole. My undergraduate thesis at Dartmouth College explored the behavior of valence-changing extensions in Herero. Recently, I have been working on the history of the Proto-Bantu "super-high" vowels, and the related phenomenon of Bantu Spirantization.

My other linguistic interests include the Iberian Romance languages, and the role of diachrony in synchronic phonological and morphological analysis.

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