Instructors
Larin Adams

Ph.D Linguistics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 1999 Larin

Areas of Interest:
  1. Interaction between Semantics and Syntax
  2. Verbal Particles in Southeast Asian Languages
  3. Serial Verb Constructions
Selected Presentations and Articles:
  • 2008 The Particle 'lie' in Makuri Naga, (co-presented with Vong Tsuh Shi). The 19th Southeast Asian Linguistics Society meeting, KLM University, Kuala Lumpur.
  • 2008 Recorded Text Testing of Lahuna with Lahusi Speakers, Research Project #317, Payap University Linguistics Series.
  • 2007 Preliminary Analysis of Lahusi Noun Phrase Structure, Research Project #317, Payap University Linguistics Series.
  • 2006 Inside Thai VPs, Payap University Special Lectures in Linguistics.
  • 2004 Structural Semantics in a Cognitive World: How to do Semantics Systematically, University of North Dakota Colloquium Series.
  • 1999 Complex Events and the Semantics of ‘-ing’ Sentential Complements, Ph.D. Dissertation, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.


Phinnarat Akharawatthanakun

Ph.D. Linguistics, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 2004 Phinnarat

Areas of Interest:
  1. Tai languages, Lao
  2. Sociolinguistics, Dialectology, Language Variation and Change
  3. Historical and Comparative Linguistics
  4. Linguistic Field Methods
  5. Phonetics, Phonology
Selected Bibliography:
  • 2012 Phonological variation in Phuan. MANUSYA 13.2. (forthcoming)
  • 2007 Dictionary of the 15 languages spoken in Nan Province. (L-Thongkum, Theraphan, Phinnarat Akharawatthanakun, et al.). Research Report on the "Linguistic Diversity in Nan Province: A Foundation for Tourism Development Project", The Thailand Research Fund. (in Thai)
  • 2004 'Lao' and 'Thai': The confusion of ethnic names. In Krisdawan Hongladarom and Chantima Iamanon, ed. Mong Sangkhom Phaan Waathakam (Seeing the Societies through Speech). Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press, 135-163. (in Thai)
  • 2004 Tonal variation and change in dialects in contact: A case study of Lao. MANUSYA 7.1 (March 2004), 56-95.
  • 2004 Tone change: A case study of the Lao language. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Department of Linguistics, Chulalongkorn University. (in Thai)
  • 2002 Tonal variations and changes in a language mixture area: A case study of Northeastern Thailand (Isan). MANUSYA 5.2 (September 2002), 30-51.
  • 1998 A comparative study of the tonal system in the speech of the 'Lao', the 'Nyo' and the 'Phutai' in That Phanom District, Nakhon Phanom Province. Unpublished M.A. thesis, Department of Linguistics, Chulalongkorn University.


George Bedell

Ph.D. Linguistics, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA, 1968 George Bedell

Areas of interest:
  1. Morphosyntax, Phonology, Semantics
  2. East Asian languages: Japanese, Chinese
  3. Tibeto-Burman: Kuki-Chin
  4. Quechua, Nahuatl
  5. History of Linguistics in Asia
Selected Bibliography:
  • 1998 Laiholh a Tawinak i Fianternak (Describing and Explaining Lai), Muko Magazine (Special Centenary Issue: Lai Baptist Church, Yangon, Myanmar), 146-57.
  • 1997 Causatives and Clause Union in Lai (Chin), Mon-Khmer Studies 27:219-232.
  • 1996 Noun Modification According to Norinaga and Nariakira, ICU Research Center for Japanese Language Education, Annual Bulletin 6:1-14.
  • 1994 Object-Verb Agreement in Quechua, ICU Research Center for Japanese Language Education, Annual Bulletin 4:87-108.
  • 1988-89 Nawatorugo no susume (The Nahuatl language), Gekkan Gengo 17:11:100-05, 17:12:106-11, 18:1:102-07, 18:2:98-104, 18:3:92-97, 18:4:100-05.
  • 1983 Japanese Language Studies, History of, Encyclopedia of Japan, vol. 4:30-2, Tokyo: Kodansha.
  • 1983 Chukchi Vowel Harmony, Proceedings of the XIII th International Congress of Linguists, Tokyo, 587-90.
  • 1979 Chinese Language Teaching in Edo Japan, Descriptive and Applied Linguistics 12:1-20, International Christian University, Tokyo.
  • 1974 Morpheme Structure Conditions in Panini, Descriptive and Applied Linguistics 7:1-24, International Christian University, Tokyo.
  • 1974 The Arguments about Deep Structure, Language 50:3:423-45.
  • 1968 Kokugaku Grammatical Theory. Unpublished dissertation, MIT.


Arthur Cooper

M.A. Linguistics, University of Texas, Arlington, TX, 1991 Art

Areas of interest:
  1. Sociolinguistics, Translation
  2. Phonology, Acoustic phonetics
  3. Tibeto-Burman, Loloish, Lahu Si
Selected Bibliography
  • 2002   The Lahu Shi people. In Minority language orthography in Thailand: five case studies. ed. by TU-SIL-LRDP Committee. Bangkok: TU-SIL-LRDP Committee. pp. 39-52.
  • 1999   An acoustic phonetic analysis of the vowels and tones of Lahu Shi Balan. PYU working papers in linguistics, Vol. 3. Chiang Mai: Payap Univ. Graduate Linguistics Department. pp. 1-31.
  • 1996   and Pamela J. Cooper. A preliminary phonology of the Banlan dialect of Lahu Shi. PYU working papers in linguistics: Focus on phonology, Vol.1. Chiang Mai: Payap Univ. Graduate Linguistics Dept., pp. 17-52.
  • 1991   The geometry of Japanese geminate consonants. M.A. Thesis.


Jonathan Craft

M.A. Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington, USA, 1996 Jonathan

Areas of interest:
  1. Senthang Chin, specifically the Phaipha variety.




Marjorie M. Doty

M.A. Linguistics, University of Texas, Arlington, TX, 1991. Margie

Areas of interest:
  1. Phonetics, Phonology
  2. Translation
Selected Bibliography
  • 1990   ‘Amazed’ in Mark. Notes on Translation. Dallas, Texas: SIL.


Douglas M. Fraiser

Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Ecology (concentration in Anthropology), Douglas
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Honors: C. T. York Presidential Fellow, 2007

Areas of interest:
  1. Anthropology
  2. Community Development
Selected Bibliography
  • 2007   Loggers, Settlers, and Tribesmen in the Mountain Forests of the Philippines: the Evolution of Indigenous Social Organization in Response to Environmental Invasions. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Florida.
  • 2000   Land conflict of the Cotabato Manobo people. Philippine Studies 49:215-235.
  • 1999   In Search of a Place: Analysis of a Land Conflict Involving the Cotabato Manobo People. SIL Electronic Working Papers 1999-007.
  • 1999   In Defense of Four-Legged Chairs. Notes on Anthropology 3(1):35–38.
  • 1999   The Cultural Dimension of Development. Notes on Anthropology 3(1):39–52.


William Hanna

M.A. Linguistics, University of Texas, Arlington, TX, 1981. Bill

Areas of interest:
  1. Translation
  2. Lexicography
  3. Tai, Tai Lue
Selected Bibliography
  • 1999   Relative clauses in Tai Lue. PYU working papers in linguistics, Vol. 3. Chiang Mai: Payap Univ. Graduate Linguistics Department. pp. 46-59.
  • 1991   A linguistic analysis of classifiers in the Tai Lue language of Chiang Kham district, Phayao province. Payap Research and Development Institute, Research Report No. 77.
  • Current Research: Dictionary of Tai Lue


Mark Holt (Doctoral Student: Linguistics)

M.A. Linguistics, Waikato University, New Zealand, 2000. Mark H.
Post Graduate Diploma Teaching, Canterbury Teachers College, 1986.
Currently working towards Doctorate of Education, Waikato University.

Areas of interest:
  1. Literacy and multi-lingual education
  2. Language planning and policy
  3. Language and Religion


Elissa Ikeda

Ph.D. Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007 Elissa Ikeda

Areas of interest:
  1. Language in Social Interaction
  2. Discourse Analysis
  3. Corpus Linguistics
  4. Second Language Acquisition
  5. Tibeto-Burman: Nungish-Rawang
Selected bibliography:
  • 2007   "Preparing for Partnership: Language Socialization in a Missionary Training Program". Ph.D. Dissertation. University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 2006   Ideologies of Language Learning: Classroom Narratives as a Crucial Site for Implementation. Presented at the Ethnography in Education Research Forum, University of Pennsylvania, February 24, 2006.
  • 2005   Corpus Linguistics: Usage-based Grammatical Analyses. Presented at the Summer Linguistics Colloquium, Northwest Christian College, August 10, 2005.
  • 2003   Ikeda, Elissa and Olga Griswold (Editors). Crossroads of Language, Interaction, and Culture, Vol. 5.
  • 2003   Socializing Missionary Ideologies through Narrative. Proceedings of the Eleventh Symposium About Language and Society—Austin. Texas Linguistic Forum, Vol. 47. April 11-13, 2003.
  • 2002   Practice What You Preach: Constructing Language Ideologies in a Classroom for Future Missionaries. M.A. Thesis. University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 2001   Directives and the Co-Construction of Identity and Social Organization. Presented at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest, September 2001.


Douglas Inglis (on PhD study leave)

M.A. Linguistics, University of Texas, Arlington, TX, 1996. Doug

Areas of interest:
  1. Cognitive-Linguistics
  2. Tibeto-Burman, Ngochang
  3. Tai-Kadai, Khamti
Selected bibliography:
  • 2007   Nominal Structure of Tai Khamti. Linguistics Faculty, Payap University. Technical Paper #203.
  • 2006   Tai Khamti Text Collection. Linguistics Faculty, Payap University. Technical Paper #201.
  • 2005    A preliminary Ngochang - Kachin- English Lexicon. (with Nasaw Sampu, Wilai Jaseng, Thocha Jana).  Graduate School. Linguistics Department. Payap University. Technical Paper #107.
  • 2004   Cognitive grammar and lexicography. Payap University Graduate School.
  • 2003   A preliminary phonology of the Ngochang language. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Sino-Tibetan Conference on Languages and Linguistics. La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2003   Conceptual structure of numeral classifiers in Thai. In Cognitive Linguistics and Non-Indo-European Languages: Cognitive Linguistics Research Series 18. ed by Eugene E. Casad and Gary B. Palmer. Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 1999   Some discourse evidence for analyzing Molbog as an ergative language. PYU Working Papers In Linguistics, Vol 3. Chiang Mai: Payap University Graduate Linguistics Dept., pp. 60-89.
  • 1997   Salience hierarchy in a Molbog text. Journal of Translation and Textlinguistics, Vol 9:1-14.


Kimmo Kosonen

Ph.D. Education, University of Joensuu, Finland, 1998. Kimmo

Areas of interest:
  1. Language planning
  2. Language policies
  3. Multilingual education
Selected bibliography:
  • 2008 Literacy in local languages in Thailand: Language maintenance in a globalised world. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 11 (2), 170-188.
  • 2007 Koulutusta kaikille monikielisessä maailmassa (Education for All in the Multilingual World). In M. Peltola (ed.) Oikeus Oppimaan (The Right to learn) (pp. 18-25). Helsinki: Suomen Lähetysseura. (In Finnish).
  • 2007 Language-in-education Policies in China and South-East Asia. In Proceedings of "The Bilingual and Multilingual Education in the National Language Policy Conference" (pp. 44-54). Bangkok: Thai Royal Institute of Thailand.
  • 2007 Vernaculars in Literacy and Basic Education in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. In Anthony J. Liddicoat (ed.) Issues in Language Planning and Literacy (pp. 122-142). Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.
  • 2007 Promoting Literacy in Multilingual Settings. (with K., Young, C. & Malone, S.). Bangkok: UNESCO. (Available online at: http://www.unesco.org/ulis/cgi-bin/ulis.pl?catno=150704)
  • 2006 Multigrade Teaching among Ethnic Minority Children: the Language Issue. In Linley Cornish (ed.) Reaching EFA through multi-grade teaching: Issues, contexts and practices (pp. 239-258). Armidale, NSW, Australia: Kardoorair Press.
  • 2005. Education in Local Languages: Policy and Practice in South-East Asia. In First Language First: Community-based Literacy Programmes for Minority Language Context in Asia (pp. 96-134). Bangkok: UNESCO. (Available online at: http://www.unesco.org/ulis/cgi-bin/ulis.pl?catno=140280)
  • 2005. Overview on the Use of Local Language in Education in South-East Asia. Chapter 1 in First Language First: Community-based Literacy Programmes for Minority Language Context in Asia (pp. 3-8). Bangkok: UNESCO. (Available online at: http://www.unesco.org/ulis/cgi-bin/ulis.pl?catno=140280)
  • 2005. The Role of Language in Learning: What Does International Research Say? In First Language First: Community-based Literacy Programmes for Minority Language Context in Asia (pp. 87-95). Bangkok: UNESCO. (Available online at: http://www.unesco.org/ulis/cgi-bin/ulis.pl?catno=140280)
  • 2005 Vernaculars in Literacy and Basic Education in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Current Issues in Language Planning 6 (2) 122-142. (Abstract available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14664200508668277)
  • 2003. Community Participation in Minority Language Education in Thailand. Journal of Southeast Asian Education 4 (1), 104-136.
  • 2002. Vernacular Literacy in Community Development: the Chong of Thailand. In J. Lo Bianco (ed.) Voices from Phnom Penh. Development & Language: Global Influences & Local Effects. Melbourne: Language Australia, 243-260.


Wayne Lunsford

Ph.D. International Development, William Carey Wayne
International University, CA, USA, 2006-2011
M.A. Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington, USA, 1995-2001

Areas of interest:
  1. Language Development Methods
  2. Capacity development
  3. Mentoring
  4. Indo-Aryan languages
  5. Grammar
Selected Bibliography
  • 2011   Applying a Learner-Directed Training Approach in Non-Western Contexts. William Carey International University.
  • 2008   Building Local Capacity Through Mentoring. Peshawar, Pakistan: Frontier Language Institute.
  • 2001   An Overview of Linguistic Structures in Torwali, a Language of Northern Pakistan. Unpublished MA thesis. University of Texas at Arlington.


Ken Manson

Ph.D. Linguistics, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 2010. Ken M.

Areas of interest:
  1. Syntax and typology
  2. Role and Reference Grammar
  3. Fieldwork and endangered languages
  4. Language documentation
  5. Tibeto-Burman, Ngwi-Burmese and Karen, Kayan
  6. Areal linguistics
  7. Grammaticalisation

Linda Markowski

M.A. Linguistics, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2005. Linda

Areas of interest:
  1. Phonetics, Phonology, and Orthography
  2. Literacy and Multi-Lingual Education
  3. Eastern Mon-Khmer, Katuic, So
Selected bibliography:
  • 2009 So Orthography Committee and Revision Process. In PYU Working Papers in Linguistics 5, Audra Phillips (ed.). Chiang Mai, Thailand: Payap University Linguistics Department. (Available online)
  • 2005 A comparative study of Kuy varieties in Cambodia. Chiang Mai, Thailand: Payap University MA thesis. (Available online)
  • 2005 A rapid appraisal survey of Kuy dialects spoken in Cambodia.(with Noel Mann). SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2005-018. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. (Available online)


Audra Phillips (Assistant Professor) (on PhD study leave)

M.A. Linguistics, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 1988. Audra

Areas of interest:
  1. Syntax
  2. Phonology and orthography design
  3. Tibeto-Burman, Karenic, Pwo Karen
Selected bibliography:
  • 2009a   Handbook on Adverbials. ms.
  • 2009b   Lexical Similarity in Pwo Karen. In PYU Working Papers in Linguistics 5, Audra Phillips (ed.). Chiang Mai, Thailand: Payap University Linguistics Department. (Available online)
  • 2009c   Omkoi Pwo Karen Phonology and Orthography. In PYU Working Papers in Linguistics 5, Audra Phillips (ed.). Chiang Mai, Thailand: Payap University Linguistics Department. (Available online)
  • 2007    Verb classes in Thai. (With Prang Thiengburanathum). In Van Valin, Robert and E. Zeitoun (eds). Language and Linguistics, Special Issue. 8.1 Role and Reference in Taiwan, pp. 167-191. (Available online)
  • 2003    The West-Central Thailand Pwo Karen People. In Minority language orthography in Thailand: five case studies. ed. by TU-SIL-LRDP Committee. Bangkok, Thailand: TU-SIL-LRDP Committee. pp. 64-77.
  • 2000    West-Central Thailand Pwo Karen phonology. Presented at the Sino-Tibetan Conference of Language and Linguistics. Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 1996    Dialect comparison among the Pwo Karen of Central Thailand. Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on languages and linguistics, Vol. III:1122-1162.


Janice Stefaniw

M.A. Social Science, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, 1990 Janice

Areas of interest:
  1. Quality translation
  2. Communication theory
  3. Training and adult education
  4. Sociolinguistics
Selected bibliography:
  • 2004 I will praise the Lord at all times. Leader's Touch, Jan/Feb 2005, edited by Elizabeth Hightower. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House.
  • 1999 Ghost writer, "Imboungu New Testament Dedication," In Other Words, Spring 1999. Dallas, TX.
  • 1998 Goteni Lino Kinye Opa Naa Peremo Nimo Ungu Tukumemu. (Assistant ed.). The Bible League. Korea.


Roman Stefaniw

(Doctoral student: Intercultural Studies)
Master of Education, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA.
M Div., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, MO. Roman

Areas of interest:
  1. Sociolinguistics
  2. Translation
  3. Semantics
  4. Discourse
  5. Anthropology
  6. Non-formal Education
Selected bibliography:
  • 2007 Experiential Learning and Training Bible Translation Consultants: Application of Five Orientations. Paper presented at Bible Translation 2007 Conference in Dallas, Texas. October 15-17, 2007.
  • 1992 The 'Pandanus Languages' of the Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea - a further report. (with Karl J. Franklin). Pacific Linguistics Series C,No.120.
  • 1992 Culture Change, Language Change: Case Studies From Melanesia. edited by Tom Dutton. Canberra, Australia: The Australian National University Printing Service, pp. 1-6.
  • Selected papers presented


Thomas M. Tehan (Assistant Professor)

Ph.D. History and Philosophy of Education, University of Kansas, 1987. Tom

Areas of interest:
  1. Discourse analysis and text linguistics
  2. Translation theory and methods
  3. Socio-Cultural linguistics and Endangered Languages
Selected bibliography:


Prang Thiengburanathum

Ph.D. Linguistics, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 2011. Prang

Areas of interest:
  1. Grammar
  2. Discourse
  3. Semantics
  4. Cognitive Linguistics