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PhD Alumni


Saad Alshahrani
Dissertation: Syllable structure and phonological processes of Southern Najdi Arabic: An Optimality Theoretic model

Hamideh Bagherzadeh
Dissertation: The acquisition of morphology and morphosyntax of Persian (Farsi) heritage language as an independent variety in the United States: New perspectives

Okgi Kim, Lecturer, Kyung Hee University
Dissertation: The syntax and semantics of non-standard wh-constructions in Korean

Jieun Lee, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas
Dissertation: Individual differences in non-native phonological contrast learning: The role of perceptual sensitivity to sub-phonemic variation in native categories


Saja Albuarabi, Instructor, Gateway Technical College
Dissertation: The syntax of negation in Iraqi Arabic

Abdullah Alsubhi
Dissertation: The development of case morphology and sentential word order in Arabic as a second language: A processability perspective

Ruqayyah Althubyani, Faculty, Department of English Language, Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia
Dissertation: The effect of shadowing in learning L2 segments: A perspective from phonetic convergence


Mohammed Abuhaib, Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Department of English, Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Saudi Arabia
Dissertation: Remarks on Modern Standard Arabic construct state and quantification

Turki Alwahibee, Assistant Professor, College of Languages and Translation, Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Saudi Arabia
Dissertation: Simple subject-verb agreement: A morphosyntactic path to Arabic variations


Abdel-Rahman Abu Helal, Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Middle East University, Jordan
Dissertation: Logical form in the second language: An investigation into quantification in interlanguage

Yasser Albaty, Lecturer in Linguistics, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
Dissertation: Modality, control and restructuring in Arabic

Salem Albuhayri, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Dissertation: Information structure in Standard Arabic verbal sentences

Amal El Haimeur, Assistant Teaching Professor of Arabic and African and African-American Studies, University of Kansas
Dissertation: The acquisition of morphology in Moroccan heritage speakers in France


Yahya Aldholmi, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Dissertation: Segmental contributions to speech intelligibility in nonconcatenative vs. concatenative languages

Reham Alhammad, Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia
Dissertation: The role of the syllable contact law-semisyllable (SCL-SEMI) in the coda clusters of Najdi Arabic and other languages

Maria Teresa Bonfatti Sabbioni
Dissertation: Italian as a heritage language spoken in the US


Bader Yousef Alharbi, Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
Dissertation: The syntax of copular clauses in Arabic


Juman Al Bukhari, Associate Professor, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, University of North Georgia
Dissertation: The syntax of elliptical constructions in Jordanian Arabic

Zafer Lababidi, Assistant Teaching Professor of Arabic and Assistant Director and Advisor, Middle Eastern Studies Program, Florida State University
Dissertation: The L2 perceptual mapping of Arabic and English consonants by American English learners

Liya Mar, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages, University of Texas at Arlington
Dissertation: Covert contrast: The acquisition of Mandarin tone 2 and tone 3 in L2 production and perception


Siriporn Lerdpaisalwong, Lecturer, Foreign Languages, Kasetsart University, Thailand
Dissertation: Perception training of Thai learners: American English consonants and vowels

Abdellatif Oulhaj, Associate Professor, Defense Critical Language and Culture Program, University of Montana
Dissertation: The developmental stages of the acquisition of Arabic by adult English-speaking learners: Processability theory and the formulaic language


Albert Krahn
Dissertation: A new paradigm for punctuation

Kelsie Pattillo, German Teacher, Elm Grove School District, Wisconsin
Dissertation: Cross-linguistic metonymies in human limb nomenclature


Dola Algady, Assistant Professor, Sohar University, Oman
Dissertation: The acquisition of relative clauses: How do second language learners of Arabic do it?

Alison Garcia, Lecturer in Spanish, Carroll University
Dissertation: Allophonic variation in the Spanish sibilant fricative

MA Alumni


Fatima Beldaha
Thesis: The effects of phonetic training on the novel production of the German consonants [ç] and [x]

Andrew Miller
Thesis: Recognizing and remedying the African American English learning gap: An educational reform proposal


Eunryoung Cho
Thesis: Fundamental frequency and news topics of newscaster speech

Rachel Elizabeth Confair
Thesis: Fricative voicing in Texan and Wisconsin English

Joshua Harmon, ESL instructor, Appleton, WI
Thesis: The effect of speech production on novel L2 sound training


Joseph Moran
Thesis: Determining factors in second language acquisition of English modals


Tanner LeTourneau


Nicole Desjarlais
Thesis: Actions speak louder than words: A study of the variable use of quotatives in Milwaukee, WI

Laura Kiskunas
Thesis: Perception of a foreign accent in L2: A study of Arabic and Korean speakers of English


Dylan Pearson, PhD student, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University

Jacklyn Ryan, PhD student, Department of Linguistics, UWM
Thesis: I’m like, “You have an attitude”: The behaviors of be like and its users


Amara Sankhagowit, teacher, Friendship Public Charter School
Thesis: Distribution of tone phonemes in Thai


Yahya Aldholmi
Thesis: Reconsideration of the seven predicates followed by three accusatives in Standard Arabic

Ruth Corddry
Thesis: Ironic speech perception and dyslexia

Laurel Schenkoske


Meagan Dailey
Thesis: An exploration of the motivations behind Hawu vowel metathesis


Humaid Al Wahaibi
Thesis: Subject positions in Bedouin Omani Arabic



Nicole Ludmer
Thesis: The importance of using artificially intelligent personal assistants in teaching English voicing contrast to adult language learners

Hannah Steiner


Jaume Aguilo Ramos

Lilly Vang