For current and future grad-student advisees
Jen Smith | UNC Chapel Hill
I typically advise graduate students working in phonology, phonetics, Japanese linguistics, and related areas. See my research page for more about my own research projects, and see below for a list of current and past advisees' thesis and dissertation titles.
I am also happy to be a supporting member of a thesis committee — most often, though certainly not always, when the thesis project has something to do with phonology, phonetics, or Japanese linguistics. You are always welcome to approach me about being a committee member for any thesis project, although if I receive too many requests I will have to give priority to projects that are closer to my core research areas.
If you would like to talk with me about your thesis plans, I'd be happy to meet with you. Just send an e-mail, and we can set up a time to get together.
Information for current advisees
- Here is a handout that gives an overview of how the thesis research and writing process
typically proceeds for my advisees.
Please read through it carefully, and let me know if you have any questions:
- Anyone who is officially enrolled in thesis credit with me will attend the weekly P-side research group, a forum for phonology and phonetics faculty and graduate students to present their work in progress for feedback and discussion. If you are still enrolled in courses but plan to write a thesis related to phonology or phonetics, you are likewise very strongly urged to attend the P-side meetings. (Other people interested in phonetics and phonology are always welcome to attend also.)
Current advisees: MA
- Anna Powers (2014), "Effects of the Weight-to-Stress Principle on English speakers learning Japanese prosody"
Past advisees: MA
- Matthew Fuller (2013), "On the special role of faithfulness constraints in morphology-sensitive phonology: The M-Faithfulness model"
- Justin Pinta (2013), "Lexical strata in loanword phonology: Spanish loans in Guaraní"
- Anne Bakken (2011), "Scandinavian interference on the /s~z/ voicing contrast in American English"
- Amy Reynolds (2011), "Measuring the influence of phonological learning model factors: An English consonant cluster acquisition study"
- Hang Zhang (2007), "A phonological study of second language acquisition of Mandarin Chinese tones"
- Melissa Frazier (2006), "Accent in Proto-Indo-European athematic nouns: Antifaithfulness in inflectional paradigms"
- Becky Butler [Thompson] (2005), "Cross-dialectal tendencies of emphasis spread in Arabic: An Optimality Theoretic account based in experimental phonetics"
- Elaine Abousalh (2004), "The phonetic implementation of tonal downtrends in Coatzospan Mixtec"
- Erin Eckhouse (2003), "Onset-rime awareness in children's reading" [co-advised with Misha Becker]
Past advisees: PhD
- Hang Zhang (2013), The Acquisition of Mandarin Chinese Tones by English, Japanese, and Korean Speakers
- Melissa Frazier (2009), The Production and Perception of Pitch and Glottalization in Yucatec Maya