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

  • Senior Sociolinguistics Consultant, SIL International, 2012–2016, 2017–

Other professional experience and service

  • Instructor, Introducción al Desarrollo Lingüístico (Introduction to Language Development), Curso Internacional de Lingüística, Traducción y Alfabetización (CILTA) (International Linguistic, Translation and Literacy Course), Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima, Peru, March–May 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Editor, Ethnologue: Languages of the world, Dallas, SIL International, 2005–2016
  • Sociolinguistics Consultant, SIL Asia Area, 2010–2013
  • Instructor, Introduction to Language Development, Applied Linguistics Program, Asian Seminary for Christian Ministries, Manila, Philippines, January–March 2013
  • Seminar co-facilitator, The Sustainable Use Model for Language Development Workshop, Jakarta, Indonesia, 3–7 September 2012
  • Seminar co-facilitator, The Sustainable Use Model for Language Development Workshop, Sentani, Indonesia, 27–31 August 2012
  • Seminar co-facilitator, The Sustainable Use Model for Language Development Seminar, Tribhuvan University, Central Department of Linguistics, Kathmandu, Nepal, 29 Feb–9 Mar 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
  • Visiting Professor, Sociolinguistics, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Aug–Oct 2010, Aug-Dec 2017
  • 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
  • SIL International Sociolinguistics Coordinator, 1996–2002
  • Seminar Leader, First Hemispheric Indigenous Education Conference, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2001
  • Applied Linguistics Consultant, SIL Central America Branch, 1995–1996
  • Linguistics Consultant, SIL Central America Branch, 1985–1990, 1995–1996
  • Instructor, Escuela de Lingüística, Universidad Mariano Galvez de Guatemala, Guatemala, Central America, 1988, 1994–1995
  • Interim Director, Escuela de Lingüística, Universidad Mariano Galvez de Guatemala, Guatemala, Central America, April–December 1995
  • Technical Studies Coordinator, SIL Central America Branch, 1989
  • Coordinator, Quiché Survey (A study in the sociology of language), SIL Central America Branch, 1985–1988
  • Coordinator of Non-Print Media, SIL Central America Branch, 1985
  • Instructor, Grammatical Analysis, Guatemalan Linguistics Course, Universidad Mariano Gálvez de Guatemala, Guatemala, Central America, November-December 1985
  • Manager, Language Data Processing, SIL Central America Branch, 1983–1984
  • Instructor in Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics: SIL Training programs in Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, United States. Multiple years.

Research interests

  • Language ecology
  • Ethnolinguistic vitality
  • Language development
  • Language endangerment
  • Language planning and policy
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