John Newman



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Personal profile


My first job after graduating with a PhD was Specialist in Linguistic Analysis, Australian Development Assistance Bureau, Department of Foreign Affairs, Australian Government (1981-1985). I was stationed in Singapore, at the SEAMEO Regional Language Centre. I then taught at the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (now University of Southern Queensland), Toowoomba, for one year. I was a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at Massey University, Plamerston North, New Zealand from 1986-2002. In 2002 I was appointed Professor and Chair, Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. In 2016 I returned to Australia.

Research interests

My research interests are quite broad and include cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, typology, and in an earlier life phonology (including a textbook on Feature Geometry). I have has published on a diverse range of languages —Germanic, Sinitic (especially Chinese dialects), and Austronesian— and I have carried out fieldwork in Sarawak in (Malaysia), Manus Island (in Papua New Guinea) and in Alberta, Canada.

For some years, I have been engaged in cross-linguistic research on verbal concepts, resulting in a number of book-length publications and journal articles on this topic. The names of some of the journals in which I have published speak to the diversity of my interests: Oceanic Linguistics, the Journal of Philippine Linguistics, the Journal of Chinese Linguistics, Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale, and the Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science.

Education/Academic qualification

Linguistics, PhD, University of California, San Diego

Award Date: 21 Mar 1981

German Linguistics, MA, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 6 Dec 1972

German, BA (Hons), University of Queensland

Award Date: 29 Apr 1970

External positions

Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta

1 Jul 2013 → …


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