J. Albert Bickford, Ph.D.

Senior Linguistics Consultant

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, San Diego, 1987
  • M.A., Linguistics, University of California, San Diego, 1982
  • B.S., Music Education, University of Minnesota, 1978

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Linguistics Consultant, SIL International, 2013–
  • Linguistic Services Coordinator, Global Sign Languages Team, 2013–
  • Adjunct Professor, Linguistics, University of North Dakota (UND), 2004–
  • Director, SIL-UND, SIL Americas Area, 2004–

Other professional experience and service

  • Managing Editor, Linguistic publications, SIL Mexico Branch, 2003–2012
  • Linguistic Consultant, SIL Mexico Branch, 1987–2012
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Linguistics, University of North Dakota (UND), 1994–2003
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Linguistics, University of North Dakota, 1988–1994
  • Instructor, Linguistics, SIL-UND, SIL Academic Training, 1982–1987
  • Teaching Assistant, Linguistics, SIL-UND, SIL Academic Training, 1980–1981

Professional memberships

  • Sign Language Linguistics Society, 2009–
  • Linguistic Society of America, 1987–
  • The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, 1986–

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • Spanish: ILR 3
  • American Sign Language: ILR 3
  • Portuguese: ILR 2 (read)
  • German: ILR 1+ (read)
  • Latin: ILR 1+ (read)
  • French: ILR 1 (read)

Research interests

  • Sign languages
  • American Sign Language
  • Indigenous languages of Mexico
  • Morphology
  • Interlinear annotation of texts with Toolbox
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