Student MA Theses and PhD Dissertations

DIU students in the MA program culminate their course of study for a masters degree by taking comprehensive examinations or writing a thesis. Students in the PhD program culminate their course of study by writing a dissertation. This is a list of the theses and dissertations presented by DIU students:


Havens, Emily
A Phonological Sketch of Ciacia, with Implications for Orthography

Gehlert, Emilee
Mayan Glyphs and Orthography Rifts: The Process of Script Extinction and Revitalization

Parker, Samuel
The Discourse of Apocalypse: An Information Structural and Emic Typological Analysis of Daniel 10–12


Ezhevskaya, Anya
The Transplantation of Russian Authored Song to America

Hutchens, Christopher
Hurrian Phonemic Inventory and Syllable Structure

Penney, Jason
A Typological Examination of Pluractionality in the Biblical Hebrew Piel

Pitcher, Andrew
The Present Tense Conjoint/Disjoint Alternation in Xhosa

Taylor, Matthew
Allusive Walls: Disclosing Identity Through Brownsville’s Murals


Baumunk, Adrianne
Language Development Cluster Projects: A Mixed Methods Analysis

Jamison, Rachel
The Enclitic =da and the Marking of Indicative and Subjunctive Mood in Yazghulami

Lee, Matthew
Prestige: Mobilizing an Orally Annotated Language Documentation Corpus

Puterbaugh, Kimberly
The Shelter Script and Other Related Scripts in the Psalms


Beebe Wells, Kim
An Analysis of the Natqgu [ntu] Banana Fiber Weaving Myth: Versions Reconciled and Worldview Explored

Fiddler, Kendra
Annunciations to Maryam in the Qur’ān: Jewish-Christian Subtexts, Milieu, and Typology

Harris, Holly
To Serve Life, Not Death: An Exploration of the Artistry and Philosophies of Horizon Zero Dawn

Kusler, Jessica
I am My Beloved’s: Exploring Missionary Women’s Perception of God, Self, and Worth

Neterer, Michael
Somali Jiiddu Language Development: A Seventy-Year Journey, 1951-2021


Chan, Desmond
A Comprehensive Analysis of Psalm 137, A Communal Lament

Harro, Gretchen
Yemba Laments: Analyzing a Burial Lament with an Eye to Bible Translation

Lam, Esther
An Evidence-Based Sociolinguistic Profile of Early Roman Israel

Mercado, Megan Sutton
An Open Book: Creating Instructional Materials in Non-Dominant Languages

Toler, Kristofer
Internalization: A Key Ingredient in Achieving Naturalness in an Oral Translation


Lord, Maria
Talmou Songs of The Pouye of Papua New Guinea: Stable and Malleable Properties of a Single-Melody Genre

Carter, John (Jed)
Developing SE Research: Building on the Methodology of SURAM

Cheung, Yuen Wah
Discourse Features: Rendering a Greek Luke Narrative Text into ꞌBëlï

DeWitt, Stephanie
Language Choice Among the Havu of the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Comparing Two Speech Communities – an Urban Center and an Isolated Island

Miller, Steven
Participant Reference in Edolo, A Trans-New Guinea Language


Baldwin, Kyria Lindsey
The Implications of Motivation for Adult Local Language Literacy Efforts in Senegal

Hare, David M.
Tense in Kwakum Narrative Discourse

Hare, Stacey A.
Tone in Kwakum (A91) with an application to orthography

Kim, Joy Hyunsook
Diaspora Musicians and Creative Collaboration in a Multicultural Community: A Case Study in Ethnodoxology

Nelson, Hannah Victoria
Straight from the Pot: Cuisine and Power in West Africa and in the Epic of Sunjata

SanGregory, Erin Christine
Differential Subject Marking in Wakhi

Smith, Meaghan E.
Noun modification in Suri narrative texts

Tuinstra, Anna G.
Revising the Ipulo Orthography: Linguistic analysis with an emphasis on tone marking


Germain, Julie Sue Rhonda
Releasing the Legion: Biblical Performance Criticism and Bible Translation of Mark 5:1-20

James, Jeremiah Joy
Central Sinama Voice: A Symmetrical Analysis

Nurhidayah, Wa Ode Nahla
A Religious Conflict in Indonesia: A Case Study of Maluku


Grasso, Kevin
A Semantic Analysis of the Biblical Hebrew Verbal System in Prophetic Literature


Walters, Josiah K.
A Grammar Sketch of Dazaga


Costello, Rachael A.
Aspect and Mood in Jicaltepec Mixtec

Donet, Charles M.
The Importance of Verb Salience in the Followability of Lezgi Oral Narratives

Glennon, John J.
Syntactic Ergativity in Nehan

Pluger, Christopher J.
Translating New Testament proverb-like sayings in the style of Nsenga proverbs

Yoder, Zachariah A.
The Reliability of Recorded Text Test Scores


Pennington, Ryan
Ma Manda Phonology

Sackett, Kathleen
Developing a Linguistically-Informed Community-Based Orthography with the Tsakhur in Azerbaijan


Ashley, Karen C.
Semantics of Sa’a Transitive Suffixes and Thematic Consonants

Graves, Lydia Ruth
Does Speaking Proficiency Predict Biblical Reading Comprehension? A Study among L2 Swahili Speakers in Tanzania

Lovestrand, Joseph
The Linguistic Structure of Baraïn (Chadic)

Magin, Edward Harry, Jr.
Northern Kurdish Poetic Features with an Application to Translation

McLaughlin, Carey Elizabeth
A Salience Scheme for Hmong Soud: Types of Foreground and Background Information in Narrative Discourse

Melick, Christina M.
Tone in the Mbelime Verb System

Pate, David R.
Second Position Clitics and Subordinate tfe Clauses in Pashto

Unseth, Carla
A Review of Basic Oral Language Documentation (BOLD) Methodology Based on a Phonological Sketch of Laari

Wood, Joyce K.
Valence-increasing Strategies in Urim Syntax


Lee, Sung-Woo
Eastern Tamang Grammar Sketch

Kim, Young Mee
Development of a National Literacy Assessment Instrument for Cross-linguistic Use in Nepal

Nicoleti, Elizabeth
Substrate influence on body-part idioms in Crioulo of Guinea-Bissau


Augustin, Maryanne
Selected Features of Syntax and Information Structure in Lika

Chang, Debbie
TAPS: Checklist for Responsible Archiving of Digital Language Resources

Little, Christopher C
The Wordhood and Structure of Particle Verbs in German

Merrifield, Judith Thomas
Yao’an Lolo Grammar Sketch

Pehrson, Benjamin
Mitigation and Intensification of Persuasive Discourse in a Koine Greek Letter: Coherent Macrostructure in the Letter of James

Stone, Roger
An Automated Template Approach to Morphology and Syntax Description for Ayta Abellen (using FLEx and PAWS)


Bell, Evan Robert
The Wisdom of Tajiks: An analysis of Tajik Proverbs

Jordan, Linda Christine
A study of Shara and Related Ometo Speech Varieties of Ethiopia

Wright, Jonathan Michael
Hkongso Grammar Sketch


Bequette, Rebecca Lee Elaine
Participant Reference, Deixis, and Anaphora in Bunong Narrative Discourse

Chiong Jr, Democrito Diez
Development of a Vibrant Negrito Christian Community in Northeastern Luzon, Philippines: A Holistic Approach

Federwitz, David M.
Local Ownership in a Language Development Program: Will it Lead to Sustainable Use of Scripture?

McEvoy, Steve
Grammar of Narrative Discourse in Migabac, a Papuan (non-Austronesian) Language

Stapleton, Erik John
The Ncfe New Testament: Demonstrating the Need for a New Translation


Green, Robin
An Orality Strategy: Translating the Bible for Oral Communicators

Griffis, Michael Paul
An Examination of Criteria for the Allocation of Human Resources to Missiological and Language Development Projects

Hatcher, R.Timothy
Towards Culturally Appropriate Adult Education Methodologies for the Central Asian Context, A Comparison of Central Asian and Western Education Practices

Isaac, Kendall Mark
Participant Reference in Tunen Narrative Discourse

Keating, Cristine
A Cross-Linguistic Overview of Bilabial Trills

Matthews, Thomas G.
Implicit Information in Target Language Context

Thar, Robert
Juxtaposed Sequential Images with Text: A Comparative Study in Comprehension between Comics and Text

Thomas, Amanda
“Walk in the Light of the Lord”: the conceptual metaphor LIFE IS A JOURNEY in preexilic prophetic writings


Harris, Petrina A.
Someone Feels Something Good: A Natural Semantic Metalanguage Approach to Defining Burmese Positive Emotions

Johnson, Joel A.
Diffusion of Innovation: Introducing Mother Tongue Literacy

Rueck, Michael J.
Social Network Analysis Applied to Language Planning in the Morehead District, Papua New Guinea

Shreve, Mark D.
The Cognitive Implications of Literacy Acquisition

Troolin, David Eric
Conceptual Blending in Millennial Movements: An Application of Conceptual Blending Theory to Case Studies in Papua New Guinea and Israel


Chamberlain, Bradford Lynn
The Kengkha Orthography: Developing a Language in Tibetan Scriptal Environment

Dennis, Margaret Lynn
Issues in Old Testament Translation in Latin America Addressing the Bible Background Deficit

Megahan, Michael Larry
An Informal Grammar Sketch of Samburu, Including a Description of Some Narrative Discourse Features

Reutter, Amy
A Semantic Structure Analysis of the Higher Levels of Hosea

Young, Harlan W.
A Textlinguistic Approach to Exegesis of Genesis 1:1-2:4


Boulden, Laura E.
An Application of Conceptual Framework Theory to Inter-language Issues in Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition

Chen, Christina Lynn
The CREATE Method: Participatory Literacy for Adult Learners

Fine, Cathryn
Extendibility on Bouyei Orthography Design: a Multilectual Approach

Heise, Jennifer Lynn
Participant Reference and Tracking in San Francisco Ozolotepec Zapotec

Huttar, Lars Andrew
Constituent Charting for Discourse Analysis: Information Model and Presentation Model


Albright, Eric Scott
Design of an Electronic Method for Describing Writing Systems

Lackey, Jan Louise
Determining Key Factors Affecting Scripture Use