Elena Benedicto

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We present the results of two studies of the use of spatial reference frames in speakers of 11 linguistic varieties. A series of mixed-models linear regression analyses of the responses to a referential communication task shows the significant factors in predicting frame use to be the participants’ first and second-language, their literacy, the local(More)
Figuera Alegre, Maribel Ph.D., Purdue University, August 2008. Memory-Efficient Algorithms for Raster Document Image Compression . Major Professor: Charles A. Bouman. In this dissertation, we develop memory-efficient algorithms for compression of scanned document images. The research is presented in two parts. In the first part, we address key encoding(More)
We examine the extent to which practices of language use may be diffused through language contact andareally shared, usingdata on spatial reference frameuseby speakers of eight indigenous languages from in and around the Mesoamerican linguistic area and three varieties of Spanish. Regression models show that the frequency of l2-Spanish use by speakers of(More)
Yelin, Boris. M.A., Purdue University, May 2014. The case of capaz in Argentina: an epistemic adverb with mood variability. Major Professor: Lori Czerwionka. This thesis examines mood selection in Argentine Spanish with epistemic adverbs considering the independent variables of certainty, temporal reference, and epistemic adverb. It is the first known study(More)
Hubble, Ryan M. M.A. Purdue University, December 2013. The ‘X it up’ Verb Construction: A Syntactic and Sociolinguistic Approach. Major Professor: Elena Benedicto. This thesis focuses on a unique and, as of yet, unstudied particle verb construction in English, referred to as the ‘X it up’ construction (e.g. I partied it up last night). Syntactic and(More)
One of the main findings of this body of research is that there is no single direction of morphological derivation from causative to inchoative or inchoative to causative. Instead, words naming different kinds of events tend to show different directions of derivation (Croft 1990, Haspelmath 1993, Levin and Rappaport Hovav 1995). COS events that generally(More)
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