John R. Watters, Ph.D.

President

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Linguistics, UCLA (1981)
  • M.A., Linguistics, UCLA (1979)
  • Studies, Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • B.A., History, UC Berkeley (1969)

Current positions

President, SIL International (2008– )

Other related experience

  • Executive Director, SIL International (2000–2007)
  • Director, Africa Area (1989–1999)
  • Linguist, Translator, Exegete, & Advisor, Ejagham language, Cameroon (1972–1997)
  • Director, OR–SIL (1985–1990)
  • Acting Director, Cameroon/Chad Branch (1987–1988)
  • Visiting Asst. Professor, Linguistics, UCLA (1985–1986)
  • Director, Language Studies, Cameroon/Chad Branch (1981–1985)
  • Adjunct Grad. TA, Linguistics, SIL, UO, Norman (1977)
  • Director, SIL Linguistics Course, Yaounde, Cameroon (1976)
  • Head, French Section, Translation & Semantics Course, SIL–UK, Horsleys Green (1973)

Memberships

  • Linguistic Society of America (1978)
  • Linguistic Society of Canada and the US (1978)
  • West African Linguistics Society (1981)
  • Cercle Linguistique de Yaounde (1975)

Research interests

  • Ejagham and other Bantoid languages
  • Information structure, particularly focus and topic
  • Tone systems
  • Tense-Aspect-Mood systems
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