The Linguistics Program has been participating in Scholars Week every year since its inception. Faculty nominate student research and then a committee selects those students who will participate. Sometimes students have participated in the university-wide poster session and sometimes in panel presentations. The student research in the 2017 Scholars Week panel grew out of Dr. Janet Xing’s 421 Grammaticalization class and Dr. Edward Vajda’s LING 402 Historical Linguistics class. Visit to learn more about Western’s Linguistics Program.


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The Grammaticalization of "because" in Standard English


Jeffrey Guptil, Western Washington University

Lexical Borrowing in Turkish


Margot Lamy, Western Washington University

Degrammaticalization of ‘@’: How the usage of ‘@’ has changed due to the influence of Twitter


Kiersten Mara, Western Washington University

Grammaticalization of Head Shakes in American Sign Language


Taylor Thompson, Western Washington University