Mark E. Karan, Ph.D.

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, 2012–2016, 2017–
  • Adjunct Professor, University of North Dakota, 2016–
  • Language Strategy Consultant, SIL International, 2016–
  • Language Strategy Consultant, SIL Eurasia Area, 2016–

Other professional experience and service

  • SIL International Sociolinguistics Coordinator, 2010–2016
  • Language Development Team Leader, SIL Eurasia Area, 2012–2016
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, University of North Dakota, 1996–2015
  • 25 semesters of teaching linguistics and sociolinguistics
  • Ethnologue Regional Research Editor, SIL International, 2008–2015
  • Language Assessment Coordinator, SIL Eurasia Area, 2007–2012
  • Seminar co-facilitator, The Sustainable Use Model for Language Development, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2012
  • Technical Consultant Development Coordinator, SIL Eurasia Area, 2008–2012
  • International Sociolinguistics Consultant, 2005–2011
  • 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
  • Language Development Dynamics, Language Policy and Planning
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