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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


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.


Date Range
2012 2018


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 ...

Contributors
Scaduto, Leah Christine, Dal Martello, Chiara, Adams, Karen, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

With an increasing global interest in Chinese economics and society, more and more native English speakers have started to learn Chinese as a second language (L2). While English and Chinese share a similar word order at the syntactic level, they differ significantly in ways to keep track of reference at the discourse level. There are generally three ways to keep track of reference: repeating the full noun phrase (NP), replacing the full NP with a lexical pronoun, or omitting the NP using zero anaphora. Chinese, a topic-prominent language, allows a wide use of zero anaphora to maintain reference; whereas English, ...

Contributors
Tang, Tianyu, Abdulla, Farzana, Chien, Jasmine, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

The importance of second language learning in today’s ever-increasing globalized world is becoming ever more paramount. Despite seeming trends which indicate aversion to globalization, the international phenomenon which describes the connection made between peoples and cultures, will only increase its influence in coming years. With the advances globalization has made, it is becoming more important to learn and study foreign languages in order to keep abreast of this trend and not be left behind by globalization. Why electronic translation is not so viable in the long run (at least currently) is that culture and syntax are not things which can ...

Contributors
Roselius, Thomas Jacob, Lee, Sara, Reves, Christiane, et al.
Created Date
2018-12

Children’s literature is a comparatively new concept that has changed as the view of children and childhood has changed. The idea that books written for children are more than just amusement and that these books instill values and pride in one’s culture has been approached very differently in the United States and Russia. While there are universal morals and common themes in children’s literature, there are just as many culturally-dependent ideals that make children’s literature and its translation an enlightening way to study the culture of a people or nation and ease the tensions between emerging global and traditional national ...

Contributors
Zubiate, Rachel, Moldabekova, Saule, Hoogenboom, Hilde, et al.
Created Date
2012-12

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 ...

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

The purpose of this study is to document and analyze three women’s English language learning journeys after moving from various parts of Mexico to Phoenix, Arizona. The study explores the effects of English as a Second Language (ESL) education on the social and cultural development of Mexican women students at Friendly House, whose mission is to “Empower Arizona communities through education and human services”. The literature review section explores such topics as the complications and history of Mexican immigration to Phoenix and of state-funded ESL education in Phoenix. The consequent research study will entail a pair of interviews with the ...

Contributors
Driscoll, Ashley Marisa, Horan, Elizabeth, O'Connor, Brendan, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

What is it like to create your own language? This creative project is an amalgamation of several paper, visual, and online media and is divided into two sections. The first section is the creation of an original fantasy constructed language (“conlang”) called Dieva, including setting and background, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, language rules, an alphabet and writing system, and vocabulary. The second section is an exercise in applied linguistics, wherein the conlang was shared with the public via media including an online Wikia.com webpage; figures including charts and a map; the development of classroom materials for a hypothetical Dieva ...

Contributors
Lambert, Allison Mary, Van Gelderen, Elly, Shinabarger, Amy, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

It is no great secret that languages come into contact with each other. From people interacting on the street, to children in school, to nations working on international policies, days do not pass where languages do not collide. And, while this is a well-documented and studied phenomenon with many books devoted to it, it is one that is incomplete. Throughout the course of time, natural and social disasters have impacted language in an unrelentless and undocumented way. The question, therefore, becomes: what happens to the languages of the people who are affected by some sort of disaster? It is well ...

Contributors
Gallo, Antonette Lynn, Van Gelderen, Elly, Kruger, William, et al.
Created Date
2017-12

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 ...

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

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.

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