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Constructed Language: Conclusion

By • May 30th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

Introduction We now near the end of our long journey through the lore, technique, and arcana of constructed language. In the first week of my research, I studied existing constructed languages, ranging from the most useful (e.g., Esperanto) to the most abstruse (e.g., Ithkuil). I used what I found in my first 40 hours to […]

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Constructed Language: Second Week

By • May 25th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

During my second week of research into constructed language, I worked on constructing and describing my own language. Hilariously enough, although I expected this phase of research to be the simplest, it was very difficult. I began by creating a list of goals for my language, including a hierarchical derivational morphology, extreme simplicity and comprehensibility, […]

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Constructed Language: First Week

By • May 18th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

Introduction In the first week of my research, I focused on existing constructed languages (Ithkuil, Blissymbolics, Idiom Neutral, Esperanto, Tolkien languages, etc.) and on the logic and rationale behind their creation. Here, I will summarize my findings, beginning with a general overview and categorization of constructed language, and then moving on to a discussion of […]

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Constructed Language

By • Mar 21st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

Introduction Most human language comes into existence through the natural forces of linguistic evolution, but a “constructed language” draws upon deliberate design. What are the common aspects of constructed languages? What goes into the design process? Research I will begin by researching the logic and rationale behind extant constructed languages, such as Esperanto, Klingon, and […]

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Ableism: What it is and Why it Matters

By • May 20th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

Before one can really talk about disability and disability poetry, one needs a little background. Particularly, it helps to know some of the terms of the disabled world. These next two blog posts will help introduce these in a fairly basic format. For the ever-infamous TL;DR summary, skip to the bottom. On today’s plate, ableism. […]



The Final Recap

By • Aug 29th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

Now that the period of summer research is swiftly drawing to a close, it is time to reflect on the overall success of my proposal. I could have researched this same topic without a grant, but it would not have been nearly as rewarding for me as a lingu…



The Scandinavian Expedition: Week 1

By • May 22nd, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

Although this week should mark my first week of actual Monroe research, I have already performed half of the interviews for my project. In April I visited Professor Golden at the Universitet i Oslo (University of Oslo) in Norway to conduct interviews o…



Abstract- “The Effects of Native Language versus Culture on the Successful Acquisition of English Phonology.”

By • Feb 26th, 2013 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

My 2013 Monroe research project is titled “The Effects of Native Language versus Culture on the Successful Acquisition of English Phonology.” I will collect speech data from native speakers of Standard Østnorsk and Standard Spanish to investigate the effects of native language versus culture on the acquisition of English phonology. Norway has an English-integrated culture,… [Continue Reading]



Conclusion: Disappointment, Contentment, and Release

By • Aug 30th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

Hi again for the last time. The title of this post illustrates the natural progression of my feelings towards this project: at first I was disappointed, and then I managed to find a way to be content, and now I am releasing it all and letting go. Why d…



Abstract: On the Maintenance and Revitalization of Irish Gaelic

By • Mar 1st, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, language, Research

The purpose of this study is to evaluate and examine the effectiveness of the revitalization movement of the Irish Gaelic language in Ireland to both create awareness of this movement and determine how similar movements could be used to preserve other …