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Evidentials in the Shuri Dialect of Luchuan (Ryukyuan)
(The University of Edinburgh, 2011)
This dissertation attempts to demonstrate that Luchuan is a language which has a grammatical category of evidentiality. Luchuan is the only sister language of Japanese; however, since they are considered to have diverged ...
English stress preservation and Stratal Optimality Theory
Since Chomsky & Halle (1968), English stress preservation – oríginal -> orìginálity, óbvious -> óbviousness – has been important in generative discussions of morphophonological interaction. This thesis carries out empirical ...
Representations and transfer processes in L2 speech production: Evidence from Catalan learners of English
The present thesis examines L1 transfer in L2 production. This thesis investigates the possible role in L2 speech production of 1) various types of sound representations (underlying and surface segments), their mappings ...
A study of the cloze procedure with native and non-native speakers of English
(University of Edinburgh, 1978)
Towards a definition of schwa : an acoustic investigation of vowel reduction in English
(The University of Edinburgh, 1995)
This thesis reports a single speaker acoustic study of vowel variability in connected speech. Over eight thousand vowel tokens taken from a corpus of read sentences are examined. The aim of the thesis is to achieve a ...
Feedback in Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Second Language Acquisition: A study of its effect on the acquisition of French past tense aspect using an Intelligent Language Tutoring System
Questions surrounding the impact of feedback in response to learner error are of interest in the fields of both Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning (ICALL). Current ...
Sublexical representations in auditory word recognition: evidence from lexical learning
The main question this thesis addresses is whether auditory word recognition proceeds directly from the input to the lexicon or whether there is a prelexical level of processing where segmental units are recognised. In ...
Factors in on-line loanword adaptation
This thesis investigates the factors influencing the adaptation of foreign words to English, beyond traditional phonological parameters such as sonority distance. The data examined were produced in an on-line adaptation ...
Grammatical Gender Processing in French as a First and Second Language
The present thesis investigates grammatical gender processing in French as a first and second language. It focuses mainly on whether non-native speakers can achieve native-like representation and processing of gender, ...
Social evolution of pragmatic behaviour
(The University of Edinburgh, 2009)
Pragmatics is the branch of linguistics that addresses the relationship between language and its external environment – in particular the communicative context. Social evolution (or sociobiology) is the branch of the ...