Heather Willson-Sturman





                               Assistant Professor of Linguistics, BYU


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A windy day on Majuro

I am a professor in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Brigham Young University. My primary research interests include:

  • Marshallese and other Micronesian languages
  • Syntax
  • Language documentation
  • Infinitives
  • Passives
  • Wh- questions


Contact Information

        Email:           heather_willsonATbyuDOTedu

        Snailmail:     4065 JFSB
                            Linguistics Department
                            Brigham Young University
                            Provo, UT 8460





        Ling 201 - Introduction to Linguistics

       Ling 220 - Structure in Language

       Ling 325 - Theoretical Syntax
       Ling 495R - Linguistics and the Media

       Ling 602 - Foundations: Structure

       Elang 223 - Introduction to the English Language

       Elang 325 - The Grammar of English




Curriculum Vitae

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      2010. Passives and Resultatives in Marshallese. Oceanic Linguistics. 49, vol. 1

       2010. Passives and Statives in Marshallese: Evidence for two types of "by phrases." University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics. 16: Iss. 1, Article 25 download

       2008. Subject positions in Marshallese. PhD dissertation. UCLA - download

       2008. Subject position and the Marshallese restructuring configuration.  University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics. 14: Iss. 1, Article 27 download

       2007. Remnant movement and the position of the Marshallese question particle. 5th Asian Glow Proceedings - download

       2005. Marshallese yes/no questions and remnant movement. UCLA Working Papers in Linguistics - download

       2003. A brief introduction to Marshallese phonology. ms, UCLA - download

       2003. Some aspects of the Marshallese determiner phrase. ms, UCLA - download

       2002. Marshallese reduplication. ms, ASU - download





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Updated April 29, 2014