Mark E. Karan, Ph.D.

International Sociolinguistics Coordinator, Senior Sociolinguistics Consultant

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • M.A., Linguistics, University of North Dakota, 1983

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Sociolinguistics Consultant, SIL International, 2012–
  • Language Development Team Leader, SIL Eurasia Area, 2012–
  • International Sociolinguistics Coordinator, 2010–
  • Ethnologue Regional Research Editor, SIL International, 2008–

Other professional experience and service

  • Technical Consultant Development Coordinator, SIL Eurasia Area, 2008–2012
  • Language Assessment Coordinator, SIL Eurasia Area, 2007–2012
  • Director of the Training Division, Academic Affairs, SIL International, 2002–2006
  • Director of the Summer Institute of Linguistics at the University of North Dakota, 1998–2003
  • Director of Academics and Language Programs, SIL Central African Republic Branch, 1990–2001
  • Director of Academics and Language Programs, SIL Togo/Benin Branch, 1984–1987

 

Professional memberships

  • New Ways of Analyzing Variation
  • American Association for Applied Linguistics

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • French: ILR 4
  • Sango: ILR 1
  • German: ILR 1

Research interests

  • Dynamics of language shift
  • Language vitality assessment
  • Sociolinguistic field methods
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