John Newman

Emeritus Professor John Newman

  • Post Nominals: FAHA, FRSC
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2020
  • Section(s): Linguistics


John Newman FRSC FAHA holds the position of Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta and is currently Adjunct Research Fellow at the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics, Monash University. He has taught at Monash University, Tsinghua University (Taiwan), Massey University (New Zealand), National Chengchi University (Taiwan), and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and served as Chair, Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta (2002-2011). His research interests include cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, and typology and he is the author of Give: A Cognitive Linguistic Study (Mouton de Gruyter, 1996). His publications cover English and German historical linguistics, Mandarin and Chinese dialects (Cantonese, Hokkien, Wenzhou), Austronesian, and Papuan. He has carried out fieldwork in Sarawak (Malaysia), Manus Island (Papua New Guinea) and Alberta (Canada). He served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cognitive Linguistics (2014-2019).

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