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Below are thesis titles and information about current or recent positions of McGill PhD alumni, organized by year of completion. Though we try to keep this information up to date, please get in touch if you notice missing or out-of-date information.

2016

MCKILLEN, Alanah
On the interpretation of reflexive pronouns

KLASSEN, Jeffrey
Second Language Acquisition of Focus Prosody in English and Spanish

2015

BUCCOLA, Brian (Postdoctoral Fellow, Language, Logic, and Cognition Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Maximality in the semantics of modified numerals

HAMILTON, Michael (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University)
The Syntax of Mi’gmaq: A configurational account

OKUMA, Tokiko (Instructor, Language and Communication Research Center, University of Shizuoka)
Overt Pronoun Constraint effects in second language Japanese

2014

PEDERSEN, Walter (Research & Development, 3D Graphics)
Inchoative verbs and adverbial modifcation: Decompositional and scalar approaches

SIMONENKO, Alexandra (Sasha) (Postdoctoral Fellow, Labex EFL, Paris)
Grammatical ingredients of definiteness

2013

BELIKOVA, Alyona (University of Calgary)
Getting L2 Reflexive and Reciprocal Verbs Right

QU, Chen
Representation and acquisition of the tonal system of Mandarin Chinese

2012

BOUCHARD, David-Étienne (Professeur, Collège Montmorency)
Long-distance degree quantification and the grammar of subjectivity

LOCHBIHLER, Bethany Christina
Aspects of argument licensing

ÖZCELIK, Öner (Assistant Professor, Central Eurasian Studies; Adjunct Assistant Professor in Second Language Studies; Indiana University Bloomington)
Representation and acquisition of stress: The case of Turkish

SUGIMURA, Mina (Kyoto Notre Dame University)
Domain extension:  A study of restructuring predicates in Japanese and the role of head movement

VANDER KLOK, Jozina (Sessional lecturer, University of British Columbia)
Tense, aspect, and modal markers in Paciran Javanese

2011

BRANNEN, Kathleen (Chargée de cours, École de langues, Université du Québec à Montréal)
The perception and production of interdental fricatives in second-language acquisition

MAH, Jennifer (Lecturer, Mount Royal University, Calgary; Research Associate, Language Research Centre, University of Calgary)
Segmental representations in interlanguage grammars: the case of francophones and English /h/

2009

NOSSALIK, Larissa
L2 Acquisition of Russian Aspect

SKINNER, Tobin (Web developer)
Investigations of Downward Movement

UCHIUMI, Tohru
Binding and control: the unified approach

2008

NEWELL, Heather Sarah (Professeure de Linguistique, Université du Québec à Montréal)
Aspects of the morphology and phonology of phases

UMEDA, Mari (Faculty of International Communication, Gunma Prefectural Woman’s University)
Second language acquisition of Japanese wh-constructions

2007

MCCARTHY, Corrine (Information Technology Specialist/Research Analyst, Thomas Nelson Community College)
Morphological variability in second language Spanish

2006

BALE, Alan (Associate Professor of Linguistics, Concordia University)
The universal scale and the semantics of comparison

GRÜTER, Theres (Assistant Professor, Department of Second Langauge Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa)
Object clitics and null objects in the acquisition of French

TOMIOKA, Naoko (Data Scientist, iPerceptions)
Resultative constructions: cross-linguistic variation and the syntax-semantics interface

UNGUREANU, Mona Luisa (Professeure d'anglais, Université de Moncton)
DP-internal structure and movement in Romanian

2005

CONRADIE, Simone (Lecturer, Department of General Linguistics, Stellenbosch University)
Verb movement parameters in Afrikaans: Investigating the Full Transfer Full Access hypothesis

GOLDBERG, Lotus (Associate Professor of Language and Linguistics, Brandeis University)
Verb-stranding VP ellipsis: a cross-linguistic study

KAYAMA, Yuhko (Departmet of Asian Studies, University of Manitoba)
Second language acquisition of Japanese relative clauses

VALENZUELA, Elena (Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics, University of Ottawa)
L2 ultimate attainment and the syntax-discourse interface: the acquisition of topic constructions in non-native Spanish and English

2003

BEN AYED, Hela
Mood and functional projections

HOSOI, Hironobu (Professor, Gunma Prefectural Women's University)
Internally headed construction in Japanese: a unified approach

2002

CARDOSO, Walcir (Associate Professor, Department of Education, Concordia University)
Topics in the phonology of Picard

GÜREL, Ayse (Professor, Foreign Language Education Department, Bogazici University)
Linguistic characteristics of second language acquisition and first language attrition: overt versus null pronouns

INAGAKI, Shunji (Associate Professor, Osaka Prefecture University)
Transfer and learnability in second language argument structure: Motion verbs with locational/directional PPs in L2 English and Japanese

LEUNG, Ingrid 
Functional categories in second and third language acquisition: a cross linguistic study of acquisition of English and French by Chinese and Vietnamese speakers

MACGREGOR, Martyna (Maitre de langue, Université du Québec à Montréal)
The state of near-native grammar: A study of aspect in L2 Polish

MELLANDER, EVAN (Translator; German, English, Czech)
A prosodic theory of prominence and rhythm

STEELE, Jeffrey Wayne (Associate Professor, Department of French, University of Toronto)
Representation and phonological licencing in the L2 acquisition of prosodic structure

VINKA, Mikael (Professor, Umea University)
Causativization in North Sami

2001

MATSUOKA, Mikinari (Associate Professor, Cultural Studies, University of Yamanashi)
Linking arguments to phrase structure: a study of passives, psych verbs, and ditransitive verbs in Japanese

PERELTSVAIG, Asya (Lecturer, Stanford University)
On the nature of intra-clausal relations: a study of copular sentences in Russian and Italian

2000

GARAVITO, Joyce (Professor, Hispanic Studies, Western University)
The syntax of Spanish multifunctional clitics and near-native competence

HIRAKAWA, Makiko (Professor, Bunkyo University)
Unaccusativity in second language Japanese and English

PAUL, Ileana (Associate Professor, Department of French Studies, Western University)
Malagasy clause structure

ROSE, Yvan (Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, Memorial University Newfoundland)
Headedness and prosodic licensing in the L1 acquisition of phonology

1999

KAWASAKI, Takako (Professor, Hosei University)
Coda constraints: Optimizing representations

KIZU, Mika (Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea, SOAS)
Unbounded dependencies in cleft constructions

PI, Chia-Yi Tony
Mereology in event semantics

1998

BROWN, Cynthia
Acquisition of segmental structure: Consequences for speech perception and second language acquisition

RODIER, Dominique
Prosodic domains in optimality theory

STEWART, Osamuyimen T. (Distinguished Engineer and Chief Scientist, IBM)
Serial verb construction parameter

TANAKA, Hidekazu (Faculty of Letters, Okayama University)
Conditions on logical form derivations and representations

1997

AMBERBER, Mengistu (Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales)
Transitivity alternations, even-types and light verbs

MONTRUL, Silvina (Professor of Linguistics, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana)
Transitivity alternations in second language acquisition: A cross linguistic study of English, Spanish and Turkish

PREVOST, Philippe (Professor, Université François-Rabelais Tours)
Truncation in second language acquisition

ROSE, Sharon (Professor, Department of Linguistics, UCSD)
Theoretical issues in comparative Ethio-Semitic phonology and morphology

SLABAKOVA, Roumyana (Professor of Modern Languages, University of Southampton)
Zero acquisition: Second language acquisition of the parameter of aspect

1996

CHEN, Dongdong (Associate Professor of Asian Studies, Seton Hall University)
L2 acquisition of English psych predicates by native speakers of Chinese and French

DALALAKIS, Jenny (Learning Specialist, United Nations)
Developmental language impairment: Evidence from Greek and its implications for morphological representation

NAKAMURA, Masanori (Professor, School of Business Administration, Senshu University)
Economy of chain formation

PATER, Joseph V. (Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Consequences of constraint ranking

SHAER, Benjamin (Adjunct Professor, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University)
Making sense of tense: Tense, time reference, and linking theory

1995

MACLACHLAN, Anna (Computational Linguist, LexisNexis)
Aspects of ergativity in Tagalog

ZUSHI, Mihoko (Associate Professor, Kanagawa University)
Long-distance dependencies

1994

ALLEN, Shanley (Professor, University of Kaiserslautern)
Acquisition of some mechanisms of transitivity alternation in Arctic Quebec Inuktitut

BENNETT, Susan 
Second language acquisition of reflexive binding by native speakers of Serbo-Croatian

1993

DeFREITAS, Leslie J. (Head of Information & Audience Engagement, IFEX)
The syntax of sentential negation: Interactions with case, agreement and (in)definiteness

JUFFS, Alan (Professor of Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh)
Learnability and the lexicon in second language acquisition: Chinese learners' knowledge of English argument structure

1992

BONNEAU, José (Attorney at Law)
The structure of internally headed relative clauses: Implications for configurationality

CAMPANA, Mark (Professor, English Department, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies)
A movement theory of ergativity

LIBERT, Alan R. (Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Newcastle University, Australia)
On the distinction between syntactic and semantic case

NOONAN, Máire (Lecturer, McGill University)
Case and syntactic geometry

TOURVILLE, José (Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations)
Licensing and the representation of floating nasals

1991

GENDRON, Jo-Ann
Aphasic comprehension of French causative constructions

O'MEARA, John (Professor, Education, Lakehead University)
Delaware stem morphology

TREMBLAY, Mireille (Professeure agrégée, Département de linguistique et de traduction, Université de Montréal)
Possession and datives: Binary branching from the lexicon to syntax

1990

GUILFOYLE, Eithne (Vice President Academic Affairs, Dublin City University)
Functional categories and phrase structure parameters

KEHAYIA, Evanthia (Associate Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University)
Morphological deficits in agrammatic aphasia: A comparative linguistic study

ONG, Roberto Keh
Morphological and syntactic deficits in Chinese aphasic patients

1989

LAUBITZ, Zofia (Freelance Editor)
Coordinate and subordinate conjunctions in childern's texts

MACHOBANE, Malillo
Some restrictions on Sesotho transitivizing morphemes

TELLIER, Christine (Professeure agrégée, Département de linguistique et de traduction, Université de Montréal)
Universal licensing implications for parasitic gap constructions

1988

CHARETTE, Monik (Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, SOAS)
Some constraints on governing relations in phonology

STYAN, Evelyn M.
Sentences containing 'be': A semantic analysis of subject-predicate relations

1987

† HAGIWARA, Hiroko (Tokyo Metropolitan University)
Sentence comprehension disturbances in Japanese aphasics

LIBBEN, Gary (Vice President of Research, Brock University)
Morpheme decomposition and the mental lexicon: Evidence from the visual recognition of compounds

RACCAH, Pierre-Yves (Researcher, CNRS)
Vers une sémantique représentionnelle

1986

HILDEBRANDT, Nancy
A linguistically-based parsing analysis of aphasics' comprehension of referential dependencies

PRUNET, Jean-François (Professor, English Language and Literature, Kuwait University)
Spreading and locality domains in phonology

WALSH, Linda
The nature of morphological representations

1985

BUTTERS, Lesley
Linguistic and pragmatic factors in the acquisition of text competence

HUMMEL, Kirsten M. (Professeure titulaire, Département de langues, linguistique, et traduction, Université Laval)
Bilingual memory: The effect of two languages on the retention of prose

VAN GELDEREN, Elisabeth (Regents Professor, Arizona State University)
S-bar: Its character, behavior and relationship to (i)t

1984

GRAFSTEIN, Ann Julie
Argument structure and the syntax of a non-configurational language

JOHNSON-WEINER, Karen M. (Professor, Anthropology, SUNY-Potsdam)
The effects of right and left hemisphere damage on the comprehension of stress and intonation in English

STIEBLICH, Christel
Deductive and inductive acquisition of second language structures

THEBERGE, Raymond G. (Recteur, Université du Moncton)
Discriminating linguistic factors in reading disability

1981

FORGET, Danielle (Professeure émérite, Département de Français, University of Ottawa)
Analyse sémantique et pragmatique du discours rapporté

1980

WHITE, Lydia (James McGill Professor of Linguistics, McGill University)
Grammatical theory and language acquisition

1979

WEHRLI, Eric (Professeur, Département de Linguistique, Université de Gèneve)
Constructions infinitives: Compléments VP et leurs implications théoriques

1978

† CANALE, W. Michael 
Word order change in Old English: Base reanalysis in generative grammar

CHA, Jin Soon
Linguistic cohesion in texts: theory and description

1977

GOLICK, Margaret
Language disorders in children: A linguistic investigation

1976

FEURER, Hanny Marie
Questions and answers in Mohawk conversation

PICARD, Marc
The phonological history of Arapaho: A study in linguistic change

SEGALOWITZ, Elizabeth
Systematic variations in second language speech: A sociolinguistic study

1974

ARKWRIGHT, Thomas D.
The phonology of the Hungarian consonant system

MORIN, Jean-Yves (Professeur, Université de Montréal)
Ordonnance et mode d'application des processus syntaxiques

1973

MOUGEON, Raymond (Centre for Research on Language, Culture, and Contact, York University)
Malbay: A sociolinguistic community study

1972

JENSEN, John T. (Associate Professor, Linguistics, University of Ottawa)
Hungarian phonology and constraints on phonological theory