The culmination of the PhD program of study is a doctoral dissertation, prepared with the guidance of a thesis advisor. The dissertation must demonstrate originality and ability for an independent investigation, and the results of the research must constitute a noteworthy contribution to knowledge in the field. The dissertation must exhibit mastery of the literature on the subject and familiarity with the sources, and must be well written.

A PhD candidate files a dissertation proposal form with the University of Minnesota Graduate School shortly after passing the preliminary oral examination.

Students defend their PhD thesis to an oral examination committee consisting of four members, including their advisor and two other members of the Linguistics Graduate Faculty, plus one member external to the Linguistics program. Three members of the final oral examination committee will serve as reviewers of the dissertation, including their thesis advisor, one other member of the linguistics graduate faculty, and one member from the field of the minor or the supporting program. More details on examination committees can be found on Onestop's site. Students must follow all Graduate School requirements for formatting their thesis.

PhD Dissertations

MA Theses

  • 2022. Ruyuan Wan. Riddikulus: Detection of Persuasion Techniques in Memes
  • 2022. Aandeg Muldrew. Understanding the e- prefix in NW Ojibwe in terms of veridicality
  • 2021. Chen Yang. Results, negation and 'understand' verbs in Mandarin Chinese: An aspectual analysis
  • 2021. Zachary Lorang. Multiple Partitive as a Distinct Phenomenon: Evidence from Russian
  • 2021. Vipasha Bansal. Condition C in White Hmong
  • 2021. Brandon Kieffer. Glide Clusters in Kinyarwanda: An Optimality Theoretic Analysis
  • 2021. Zoe Brown. Wh-imperatives in Southwestern Ojibwe
  • 2020. Mskwaankwad Rice. The Preterit Mode and Counterfactuality in Ojibwe
  • 2020. Ian White. The Argument Structure of Deverbal Nouns
  • 2020. Mitchell Klein. Tag, You’re It! An Examination of Pre-Velar Raising in Minnesota English
  • 2020. Nora Livesay. Ojibwe Passives and VoiceP
  • 2019. Alexander Jarnow. Making Questions with Tone: Polar Question Formation in Kinyarwanda
  • 2019. Samantha Hamilton. Prosodically-Driven Reduplication in Maori: An Analysis
  • 2018. Mary Christensen. I Always Understood the Past to Exclude Speech Time: Event structure in past tense politeness
  • 2018. Hye-Min Kang. Upper Sorbian Genitive Pronoun within Possessive Adjective Construction
  • 2017. Anthoni Fortier. Split Ergativity in Newari
  • 2017. Maria Heath. Interpretation of Non-standard Capitalization on Twitter
  • 2017. Jesse Scheumann. Hebrew Voicing Assimilation
  • 2016. Jonathon Coltz. Expressing dislike in focus groups on food
  • 2016. Mark McKay. The MorphoSyntax of Bipartite Negation in Paraguayan Guaraní
  • 2016. Yolanda Pushetonequa. Phonological Change in Meskwaki and Effects on Orthography
  • 2016. Borui Zhang. Predictions of Entropy Reduction Theory on Chinese Relative Clauses
  • 2015. Martha Abramson. Contrast Preservation and Enhancement in Mandarin Chinese
  • 2015. Anna Farrell. Official Language Policy and the Linguistic Landscape of an Internationalizing University
  • 2015. Wei Song. The Sentence-final de and the Post-verbal de in the shi...de construction in Mandarin
  • 2015. Joshua St. George. Features of Language: A Study of Informative Features for Use in a Supervised Non-deterministic Transition-based Dependency Parser over the Latin Dependency Treebank
  • 2014. Geoffrey Fischer. Local Constraint Implication in Phonological Opacity
  • 2014. Emily Hanson. ‘We’ll take that as a compliment’ Changes in the use of bitch as gender-role enforcement  
  • 2014. Jeremy Orosz. Prosody, Semantics and Narrative Structure: Revis(it)ing Labov
  • 2013. Paul Tilleson. Bipartite negation in Sgaw Karen
  • 2013. Guillermo Carlos Alvarez. Creole Derivational Morphology
  • 2013. Alexa Landazuri. Female Swearing Behavior and Usage of the F-word: A Study of Californian and Midwestern Young Adults
  • 2013. Hannah Sande. Nouchi as a Distinct Language: The Morphological Evidence
  • 2012. Michael Sullivan. Documentation and description of narrative styles between Minnesota and Wisconsin Ojibwe