Gary F. Simons, Ph.D.

Chief Research Officer


  • Ph.D. (Linguistics), Cornell University (1979)
  • M.A. (Linguistics), Cornell University (1976)
  • B.A. summa cum laude, Seattle Pacific University (1974)

Current positions

Other experience

  • Associate VP for Academic Affairs, SIL (1999–2009)
  • Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation, Linguistic Society of America (2006–2008)
  • International Linguistics Consultant, SIL (1982–2005)
  • Editorial board, Markup Languages: Theory and Practice (1998–2002)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington (1985–2002)
  • Director, Academic Computing, SIL (1986–1999)
  • Director, LinguaLinks Product Development, SIL (1997–1999)
  • Committee on Text Analysis and Interpretation (1989–1994) and Technical Review Committee (1996–1998), Text Encoding Initiative
  • Manager, Language Data Processing, SIL (1984–1985)
  • Translation Advisor for North Malaita, Solomon Islands (with SIL, 1979–1983)
  • Graduate Research Assistant for Language Variation and Limits to Communication Project (Joseph Grimes, Principal Investigator), involving 18 months field work in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands (1976–1978)


Research interests

  • Digital language documentation, description, and archiving
  • Markup languages and text encoding
  • Computational linguistics
  • Programming languages
  • Historical and comparative linguistics
  • Austronesian linguistics
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