Michael Cahill, Ph.D.

Senior Linguistics Consultant

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Linguistics, Ohio State University, 1999
  • M.A., Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington, 1985
  • B.S., Biochemistry, Iowa State University, 1977
     

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Linguistics Consultant, SIL International, 2012– 
  • Editor-in-Chief, SIL Global Publishing Services, 2010– 
  • Member, Linguistic Society of America (LSA) Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation, 2010– 
  • Reviewer for Linguistic Discovery, 2005– 
  • Reviewer for Phonology, 2002– 
  • External examiner, University of Texas at Arlington, 2000– 
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Language Development, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL), 2000– 
  • Reviewer for Journal of West African Linguistics, 1998– 
  • Teacher, various courses, GIAL, 1998– 
     

Other professional experience and service

  • Member, Linguistic Society of America (LSA) Ethics Committee, 2010–2012
  • International Linguistics Coordinator, 1999–2010
  • Chair, LSA Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation, 2004
  • Organizer, Symposium on Endangered Languages and Linguistic Theory, LSA Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, January 8–11, 2004
  • Chair, LSA Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation, 2003
  • Member, LSA Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation, 2001-2003
  • Linguistics teaching:
    • GIAL: Seminar in Linguistics: Tone [AL5398], 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012
    • GIAL: Readings in Applied Linguistics [AL5394]: Bantu Linguistics, 2009; Gur Tone, 2010
    • GIAL: Advanced Phonology [AL5396], Spring 2000
    • GIAL: Phonetics [AL4302], Fall 2000
    • Ohio State University: Introductory Linguistics [Ling. 201], six quarters-: 1995–1998
    • TXSIL: Field Methods, (one semester course head), 1993–1994
  • Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Literacy, and Bible Translation (GILLBT), 1983–1993:
    • Acting Director, 3 months, 1993
    • Associate Director for Research and Linguistics, 1992–1993
    • Linguistics Coordinator, 1989–1993
    • Fieldwork, literacy/translation, Koma language, Ghana, 1986–1993
    • Deputy Director, 1985–1986
    • Business Manager, 1983–1984
  • President, Newell-Providence Education Association, 1981–1982
  • Teacher, chemistry/physics/math, Newell-Providence High School, Newell, Iowa 1977–1982
     

Professional memberships

  • Linguistic Society of America life member, 1998–
  • Phi Kappa Phi life member, 1997–
  • West African Linguistic Society, 1994–
     

Language proficiency

  • English: ILR 5
     

Research interests

  • African languages
  • Phonology (tone, ATR vowel harmony, Feature Geometry, Optimality Theory)
  • Tone universals
  • Historical linguistics
  • Labialvelar stops (phonetics, phonology, historical development)
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