John Clifton, Ph.D.

Senior Linguistics Consultant

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Linguistics, Indiana University, 1980
  • M.A., Linguistics, Indiana University, 1978
  • B.A., Linguistics, Anthropology, Indiana University, 1974

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Linguistics Consultant, SIL International, 2012–
  • Associate Editor, Language and Linguistics in Melanesia, 2011–
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Linguistics, University of North Dakota, 2004–
  • Consulting Editor, SIL Electronic Survey Reports, 1998–
  • Professor, Linguistics, University of North Dakota, 1981–

Other professional experience and service

  • International Linguistics Consultant, 2007–2011
  • Sociolinguistics Consultant, SIL North Eurasia Group, 2002–2007
  • Linguistics Consultant, SIL North Eurasia Group, 1996–2007
  • Sociolinguistics Research Coordinator, SIL North Eurasia Group, 1998–2005
  • Instructor, Community-Based Literacy, Wheaton College, 2004
  • Editor, Language and Linguistics in Melanesia, 1992–1995
  • Series Editor, Data Papers on Papua New Guinea Languages, 1987–1995
  • Linguistics Consultant, SIL Papua New Guinea Branch, 1984–1995
  • Member, Orthography Committee, SIL Papua New Guinea Branch, 1984–1994
  • Linguistics Coordinator, SIL Papua New Guinea Branch, 1987–1990
  • Secretary, Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea, 1983–1989
  • Associate Instructor, Linguistics, Indiana University, 1974–1975, 1978–1979
  • Laboratory Manager, Language Laboratories, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1976–1978
  • Research Assistant, Language Laboratories, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1975–1976

Professional memberships

  • Foundation for Endangered Languages, 2008–
  • Linguistic Society of America, 2007–
  • Association of the International Phonetic Association, 2005–
  • Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea, 1982–

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • Tok Pisin: ILR 2
  • Russian: ILR 1

Research interests

  • Orthography
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language documentation
  • Languages of Azerbaijan
  • Languages of Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Caucasus
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