Stephen Levinsohn, Ph.D.

Senior Linguistics Consultant


  • Ph.D., University of Reading, Linguistic Science, 1980
  • M.A., University of Reading, Linguistic Science, 1973
  • Diploma in Theology, University of London, 1965
  • B.Sc., Mathematics (2nd. Class Honours), University of Manchester, 1963

Current position

  • Certified Senior Linguistics Consultant, SIL International, 2012–2016, 2017–

Other professional experience and service

  • Committee member for Stephen A. Janssen’s doctoral dissertation, The Greek article in Pauline literature: Traditional grammar and discourse perspectives, Ph.D. dissertation, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2013
  • Director of Linguistic Workshops, SIL branches worldwide, 1970–2013 
  • Lead Teacher, Discourse for Translation seminar, Institute for Bible Translation, Russia, 2012
  • External supervisor for parts of Chris Vaz’s doctoral dissertation, Functional equivalent translation of New Testament hortatory discourse into Hill Madia, Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Intercultural Studies, 2011
  • Director, modules on Discourse Analysis and Discourse Features of New Testament Greek, Handong Global University, Pohang, South Korea, 2007–2011
  • International Linguistics Consultant, 1976–2011
  • Opponent for Behrooz Barjasteh Delforooz's defense of Discourse features in Balochi of Sistan (oral narratives), Ph.D. dissertation, Uppsala University, Sweden, 2010
  • External supervisor for Daphne Falag-ey, A study of two Hebrew particles: Laken and Al-ken, M.Th. thesis, Trinity Theological College, Singapore, 2009
  • Lecturer, Typology and Discourse, University of North Dakota, 2008
  • Chairperson and Committee Chairperson for M.A. theses, University of North Dakota, 2008
  • Committee member for Aagot Bergli, Higher organizational patterns and their function in Quechua oral legendary texts. Dr.Arts. thesis, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2002
  • Director, 214 Discourse Features of New Testament Greek, Dallas Theological Seminary, Summers, 1999 and 2000
  • Linguistic researcher, Colombia, South America, 1968–1997
  • Director, British SIL School, 1983–1988

Professional memberships

  • Tyndale Fellowship, 2011
  • Society of Biblical Literature, 1993–

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • Spanish: ILR 4
  • Inga (Quechuan): ILR 3
  • French: ILR 2

Research interests

  • Information structure and discourse features of narrative and hortatory texts in Koiné Greek and languages spoken by minority groups around the world.


United Kingdom