M. Paul Lewis, Ph.D.

Senior Sociolinguistics Consultant

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Linguistics/Sociolinguistics, Georgetown University, 1994
  • M.A., Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington, 1977
  • B. Div., Theology and Biblical Languages, Reformed Episcopal Seminary, 1973
  • B. A., Foreign Language, Gordon College, 1973

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Sociolinguistics Consultant, SIL International, 2012–
  • Sociolinguistics Consultant, SIL Asia Area, 2010–
  • Editor, Ethnologue, 2005–

Other professional experience and service

  • Seminar co-facilitator, The Sustainable Use Model for Language Development, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2012
  • Invited participant, Second International Expert Meeting on UNESCO Programme: Safeguarding of Endangered Languages, Paris, 2011
  • Colloquium co-organizer, Ecological perspectives on language endangerment: Applying the sustainable use model for language development. Annual meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Chicago, Illinois, 2011
  • International Sociolinguistics Consultant, 2005–2011
  • Instructor, Oregon SIL, 1989, 1991–1994, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
  • Participant, X Linguapax Congress on Language Diversity, Sustainability, and Peace, Barcelona, 2004
  • Participant and presenter, International Expert Meeting on UNESCO Programme: Safeguarding of Endangered Languages, Paris, 2003
  • Instructor, Pacific Session of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, Kangaroo Ground, NSW, Australia, 2002
  • International Sociolinguistics Coordinator, 1996–2002
  • Seminar Leader, First Hemispheric Indigenous Education Conference, Guatemala City, Guatemala , 2001
  • Co-instructor, Sociolinguistic Surveys, Seminar für SPRACHMETHODIK, Holzhausen, Germany, October-November 2000
  • Applied Linguistics Consultant, SIL Central America Branch, 1995–1996
  • Linguistics Consultant, SIL Central America Branch, 1985–1990, 1995–1996
  • Interim Director, Escuela de Lingüística, Universidad Mariano Galvez de Guatemala, Guatemala, Central America, April-December 1995
  • Instructor, Escuela de Lingüística, Universidad Mariano Galvez de Guatemala, Guatemala, Central America, 1988, 1994–1995
  • Co-instructor, Language Survey Course, British School, SIL, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain, October 1992
  • Technical Studies Coordinator, SIL Central America Branch, 1989
  • Coordinator, Quiché Survey (A study in the sociology of language), SIL Central America Branch, 1985–1988
  • Instructor, Seminario de Orientación (Training Seminar on Dictionary Making), Ministerio de Educación de Guatemala, Proyecto Nacional de Educación Bilingüe, 3 March 1986
  • Coordinator of Non-Print Media, SIL Central America Branch, 1985
  • Instructor, Grammatical Analysis, Guatemalan Linguistics Course, Universidad Mariano Gálvez de Guatemala, November-December 1985
  • Manager, Computer Services Department, SIL Central America Branch, 1984–1985
  • Manager, Language Data Processing, SIL Central America Branch, 1983–1984
  • Instructor, Morphology and Syntax, Universidad del Valle, Guatemala, Central America, August–December 1982

Professional memberships

  • American Anthropological Association, 2003–
  • American Association for Applied Linguistics, 1996–
  • Linguistic Society of America, 1994–

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • Spanish: ILR 4
  • K'iche': ILR 2+
  • French: ILR 1
  • German: ILR 1
  • Greek (Koine): read only
  • Hebrew: read only
  • Uspanteko (Mayan): studied

Research interests

  • Language policy and planning
  • Ethnolinguistic vitality
  • Language endangerment
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