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President Aoun talks to a Linguistics class in Ryder Hall on Feb. 1, 2016. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

Students in the Linguistics Program at Northeastern are strongly encouraged to gain research experience, and to that end we offer a number of opportunities for undergraduate research. The foundation for research is set in the coursework that students complete, and research-based projects are incorporated in most courses, giving students the opportunity to practice the skills and tools needed to engage in future projects. Outside of the classroom, students also have numerous opportunities to get involved with research, either working on a faculty-member’s research or developing a question of their own.

Students may choose to work as research assistants on faculty projects, gaining hands-on experience with some of the various stages of a large, ongoing research project: literature review and question formation, project design, development of the methodology, data collection and coding, data analysis, and presentation of the findings. Students in this role may volunteer their time, earn funding through the Federal Work-Study Program, or earn course credit.


Carmeli, Alexandra. (2016). “The Discourse Structure of Compliments in Mean Girls.” Supervising Professor: Heather Littlefield.

Dana, Qatherine. (2016). “A Model of Parallel Segments in American Sign Language.” Supervising Professor: Heather Littlefield.

Emerson, Haley. (2016). “The Evolution of Jury Instructions.” Supervising Professor: Janet Randall.

Fong, Seraphina. (2016). “Phonetic parallels between child language acquisition and historical sound change.” Supervising Professor: Robert Painter.

Hsu, Ryan. (2016). “Learning New Categories of Spatial Relationships When Learning a Second Language.” Supervising Professor: Janet Randall.

Laureano, Samantha. (2016). “’Pithy’ Trumps ‘Personal’: Concise Slogans Fare Better.” Supervising Professor: Janet Randall.

MacNeal, Abbie. (2016). “The Right to Understand Your Rights: A Linguistic Look at the Miranda Warnings.” Supervising Professor: Janet Randall.

Marshall, Deanna. (2016). “Memorability of Idiom Variants in Advertising.” Supervising Professor: Heather Littlefield.

Shah, Monica. (2016). “An Analysis of Language and Gender in Political Roundtables.” Supervising Professor: Heather Littlefield.

Kurtz, Dan. (2016). “Examining Lexical Diffusion of Slang Words in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community.” Supervising Professor: Heather Littlefield.