M. Lynn Landweer, PhD

M. Lynn Landweer

Contact Info

Email: ml_landweer@diu.edu
Phone: (972) 708-7400 ext. 2164
Office: Mahler 16

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About Lynn

Lynn has been affiliated with the Foundation for Endangered Languages (1998-2005), the Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea (1987-2002, 2008-2009), and SILPNG (1986-2009). She is currently affiliated with Wycliffe Bible Translators (1982-present).

Her fieldwork spans 15 years of sociolinguistic research (1986-2001) in Papua New Guinea, including research and development of a language viability assessment instrument (The Indicators of Ethnolinguistic Vitality) and associated data gathering tools; in situ documentation of the languages of 17 disparate ethnic groups; professional presentations and publications of the sociolinguistic situation of Papua New Guinea; and guest lecturer posts all between 1986-2001.  She earned her doctorate in sociolinguistics in 2006 from the University of Essex, Colchester, England.

In terms of hobbies, Lynn loves to whip up a fancy dessert to finish a three course dinner for six around her table. Beyond the kitchen, Lynn’s hobbies include reading (especially sociolinguistics, history (British and American) and apologetics); word-smithing … whether to keep up with family and friends who now encircle the globe or in poetic efforts of private expression; shopping; photography; and attending classical music concerts.

She loves the out of doors, and is especially fond of white-water rivers, crashing ocean surf, and the majestic beauty of conifer forests.


Curriculum Vitae


University of Essex, England
2006, Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics

University of Texas at Arlington
1985, M.A. Linguistics

California State University, Fullerton
1979, Clinical Rehabilitation Services Credential

Biola College, Los Angeles, California
1975, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Communications-Speech Pathology/Audiology

Professional Experience

Dallas International University, Dallas, TX
2009 – Present

SIL International, Dallas, TX
1982 – Present

Assistant Professor of Applied Anthropology

She teaches theoretical and practical sociolinguistics courses:

  • AA 4350. Language and Society
  • AA 5354. Language Contact
  • AA 5366. Theory and Practice of Sociolinguistics

She has taught

  • AA 5362. Survey Methods

Guest Lectureships

9-12/ 2007 Lecturer, Canadian Institute of Linguistics
Trinity Western University
Principles of Language Survey

6-8/ 2007 Lecturer, Dallas International University
Principles of Language Survey

2002 – 2006 Post graduate Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
University of Essex
Various topics in Sociolinguistics

1995 – 1997 Lecturer, Academic Staff: SIL
University of Texas at Arlington

6 – 8/ 1995 Lecturer, Academic Staff:  SIL
University of Oregon, Eugene

1991 – 1992 Lecturer, Academic Staff:  SIL
Kangaroo Ground, Victoria, Australia

6 – 8/ 1990 Lecturer, Academic Staff:  SIL
University of Oregon, Eugene
Phonetics and Sociolinguistics      

1988 Lecturer, Academic Staff:  SIL
Kangaroo Ground, Victoria, Australia
Phonetics and Sociolinguistics

1985 Lecturer, Academic Staff:  SIL
University of North Dakota

1984 Lecturer, Academic Staff:  SIL
University of Oklahoma

Publications and Monographs

She has presented papers addressing issues of language maintenance and shift at the Universities of Essex (2002, 2004); Helsinki (2001); Papua New Guinea (1999, 2008, 2009); and Edinburgh (1998), the latter in conjunction with the Foundation of Endangered Languages. Under the auspices of SIL International, she has taught at the Universities of Oklahoma (1984); North Dakota (1985); Oregon (1990, 1995); and Texas-Arlington (1995-1997); Trinity Western University: CanIL (2007); and the Dallas International University (2008). During her tenure at the University of Essex, she guest-lectured for faculty (2003, 2004).

Her most recent publications are:

  • Landweer, M. Lynn and Peter Unseth (eds.) 2012. International Journal of the Sociology of Language:  Special Issue – Language Use in Melanesia. 214.
  • Landweer, M. Lynn and Peter Unseth. 2012. An introduction to language use in Melanesia.International Journal of the Sociology of Language 214. 1-3.
  • Landweer,  M. Lynn. 2012. Methods of language endangerment research:  a perspective from Melanesia. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 214. 153-178.
  • Book review 2012. Florey, Margaret (ed.) Endangered languages of Austronesia.  Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2010. 304 pp.  International Journal of the Sociology of Language214. 179-189.
  • Landweer, M. Lynn. 2011.  Is English education always detrimental to vernacular languages? In Tania Granadillo and Heidi A Orcutt-Gachiri (eds.) Ethnographic contributions to the study of endangered languages. 42-54. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press.
  • Landweer, M. Lynn. 2010. Land-Language Link. IN Kenneth A. McElhanon and Ger Reesink (eds.) A mosaic of languages and cultures:  Studies celebrating the career of Karl J. Franklin. Dallas:  SIL International.
  • A review of David Crystal’s volume Language Death, published in 2000 by Cambridge University Press.

Articles waiting for publication:

  • Rapid Appraisal Language Viability Measure: A Grass Roots Proposal for Language and Linguistics in Melanesia (submitted October 2008)


Research Projects

Her primary research interests lie in the sociolinguistic phenomena of language maintenance and language shift, as found particularly in Melanesia, as well as the documentation and development of small and/or endangered languages in that region.