Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection

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2012 2017

The rise of Italian in Sicily contrasts with a fierce regional pride that makes it difficult to determine the possible fate of Sicilian. This project focuses on a sociolinguistic analysis of the dialect of Sicilian spoken in and around Catania, Sicily. While there are programs in place to protect the language, the institutionalization of Italian in Sicily may be encroaching on Sicilian’s use, especially with younger generations. The lure of the more industrialized North creates a culture of immigration in Sicily, which increasingly rewards the use of Italian. Using information from background research, a survey analyzing sociolinguistic factors and the ...

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Scaduto, Leah Christine, Dal Martello, Chiara, Adams, Karen, et al.
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2015-05
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Zubiate, Rachel, Moldabekova, Saule, Hoogenboom, Hilde, et al.
Created Date
2012-12

Contributing to the small but growing body of research on linguistic discrimination in legal settings, this thesis conducts a sociolinguistic investigation of the impact of an individual’s accent on juror perceptions of defendant favorability and innocence. The study used an online questionnaire in which sixty mock jurors were each asked to evaluate the audio testimony of a defendant representing one of three English ethnolects: African American, British South African, or Caucasian American. In addition to rating the defendant’s persuasiveness, honesty, credibility, trustworthiness, and guilt, participants were also asked to determine an appropriate punishment (if any) for the defendant. Results indicate ...

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Maerowitz, Max Robert, Prior, Matthew, Adams, Karen, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

As my year abroad in France was vastly approaching, it became apparent that the accessibility of certain resources would prove beneficial in the pursuit of my honors thesis in French. Thus, even before my departure it was decided that I would focus on the French texting language. While the specifics were not yet fully developed, it was certain that the subject was relevant as the use of communication technologies were becoming more prevalent amongst younger generations. Upon my arrival in Lyon, the objective of my thesis was realized as I began to slowly understand the descriptive nuances of both spoken ...

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Marquez, Monique Evangeline, Bahtchevanova, Mariana, Danton, Naomi, et al.
Created Date
2014-12

This undergraduate thesis explores the efficacy of developing a translator generator in the Prolog programming language using Lexical Functional Grammars. A bidirectional machine translator between English and Hungarian, developed as a proof-of-concept case study, is discussed and assessed. The benefits and drawbacks of this approach as generalized to Machine Translation systems are also discussed, along with possible areas of future work.

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Lane, Ryan Andrew, Bansal, Ajay, Bansal, Srividya, et al.
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2015-05

Rabaul Creole German is a language that developed in the early twentieth century in Papua New Guinea, as a mixture of German and languages of the environment such as Tok Pisin and Kuanua. Children at a Catholic mission and orphanage were taught in German but it was not their native tongue; they developed a secret language that applied German vocabulary to their own syntax. As they grew up and married amongst themselves, their children learned the new language as native speakers; thus the creole was born. This project involved researching and becoming familiar with the language, familiar enough to apply ...

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Shear, Erin Julie, Alexander, John, Horwath, Peter, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Abstract: Moldova is one of the smallest and poorest countries in Europe, yet it has a rich and multifaceted history that makes it an interesting case study when exploring the complex connections between language and identity. In this paper, I aim to explore the situation of the Soviet Union and the identity of Moldovans in regards to language policies, as well as the historic and social landscapes that allowed such policies to take hold, such has Moldova's historical roots with Romania. Although it has been over twenty years since the fall of the Soviet Union, an iron curtain still deeply ...

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Foree, Emily, Bahtchevanova, Mariana, Danton, Naomi, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

In this thesis, I conduct a preliminary analysis of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s travel manual-cum-propaganda ebook Hijrah to the Islamic State, which has been used by people from various parts of the world attempting to enter Syria and join the terrorist organization. Using techniques from discourse and propaganda analysis I examine how the author of the text uses discursive resources to construct the reader of the text, the author’s expectations for the reader, and the act of traveling to Syria. I then use news articles from varying organizations as well as the Islamic State-produced periodical magazine Dabiq ...

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Delmonico, Edward Peter, Prior, Matthew, Adams, Karen, et al.
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2016-05

This paper investigates the usage of the Japanese sentence-final construction no(da) in 27 postings collected from online question-and-answer forums. This linguistic feature appears frequently in both spoken and written Japanese discourse; however, it continues to pose difficulties to researchers when attempting to identify its meaning and functions. A major issue is that insufficient information regarding discourse context has resulted in ambiguity in many of the functions described in previous studies. Considering these limitations, the present study attempted to specify discourse contexts towards which three proposed functions of no(da) gravitate: 1) giving and asking explanation, 2) evoking politeness, and 3) organizing ...

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Alvillar, Satomi Noelle, Tanno, Koji, Shimomura, Tomoko, et al.
Created Date
2014-12

This is a constructed language made for fictional creatures that will be featured in a novel. The creatures are feral goblins, and they are based on Irish mythology. The novel that the goblins and the language will be featured in is titled MaddConn, and it was written by Jon Bendera. It is an urban fantasy novel. The goblins have a language in the novel because there are a number of goblin characters throughout the story. One of the main characters, Maddi, has to survive amongst the feral goblins for a portion of the novel while another main character, Connor, works ...

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Martinez, Randi Nicole, Van Gelderen, Elly, Maring, Heather, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.