Date of Defense



Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Toby Daspit

Second Advisor

Dr. Jim Muchmore

Third Advisor

Amy Stewart


The English language, like all languages, has undergone extreme changes with the passing of time. Languages are in a constant state of change. Obviously there are many reasons that languages change. New words are imported from other societies, grammatical rules become obsolete, and words that are already a part of the language take on new meanings. Even among the societies that use English today, there are many different dialects in use. For instance, the English spoken in England is different from the English spoken on the East coast of the United States, which is different from the English spoken in Southern United States. There is also the unique Texas drawl, as well as Ebonics. All of these have their own styles. They have rules that govern their usages. Over time, dialects of languages may even become

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only