Michael C. Cahill, PhD


Michael Cahill

Contact Info

Email: mike_cahill@sil.org
Phone: (972) 708-7632

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Curriculum Vitae


Education

Ohio State University

1999, Ph.D., Linguistics

University of Texas at Arlington

1985, M.A. in Linguistics

Iowa State University

1977, B.S. in Biochemistry

Professional Experience

Dallas International University, Dallas, TX

1999-Present: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics

Field methods, phonetics, phonology

SIL International, Dallas, TX

1971 – Present

Administration

1999-present: International Linguistics Coordinator

Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Literacy and Bible Translation (11 years)

Business manager (1 year)
Deputy director (1 year)
Linguistics Coordinator (3 years)
Associate Director for Language Projects (1 year)
Acting Director (3 months)

Linguistics

Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Literacy and Bible Translation

Working with the Koma language project in Ghana, with some literacy and translation work completed

High School (Newell, Iowa)

Teacher

5 years high school teaching (chemistry, physics, math)

President

1981-82: Newell-Providence Education Association

Professional Associations

Memberships

Linguistic Society of America

West African Linguistic Society

Reviewer

Journal of West African Linguistics
Phonology
Studies in African Linguistics
Africana Linguistica
Written Language and Literacy
Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Journal of Historical Linguistics
Folia Linguistica
Diachronica

Publications and Monographs

Monographs

2013     Developing Orthographies for Unwritten Languages (ed.) to appear 2013

2007     Aspects of the Morphology and Phonology of Konni. Dallas: SIL International.

1999     Aspects of the Morphology and Phonology of Konni. Ph.D. dissertation, Ohio State University.

1992     A Preliminary Phonology of the Konni Language. Collected Field Notes Series No. 20. The Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon.

Journals

2011        (with Keith Benn). Overliteralness and Mother Tongue Translators. Journal of Translation 7.1:49-61. http://www.sil.org/siljot/2011/1/928474543393/siljot2011-1-03.pdf

2008        Why labial-velar stops merge to g͡b. Phonology 25.3: 379-398

2004        Tonal Polarity in Konni Nouns, Studies in African Linguistics 33.1:1-33

2000-2001        Noun Classes and Phonology in Konni. JWAL XXVII.1:49-69

1999        Aspects of the phonology of labial-velar stops. Studies in African Languages 28.2: 155-184.

1999        Diphthongization in Konni: A Feature Geometry Account. Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 20:21-39.

1992        The Case of the Missing Konni ‘P’. Journal of West African Languages XXI, 1:15-24.

Conference proceedings

2012        Polar Question Intonation in Kɔnni. In Selected Proceedings of the 42Nd Annual Conference on African Linguistics, ed. Michael R. Marlo, Nikki B. Adams, Christopher R. Green, Michelle Morrison, and Tristan M. Purvis, 90-98. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. http://www.lingref.com/cpp/acal/42/index.html, document #2761

2009        Konni Vowel Feature Spread across Consonants. In Selected Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, ed. Masangu Matondo, Fiona McLaughlin, and Eric Potsdam, 17-25. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.www.lingref.com2004. Tonal Polarity in Konni. In Chege Githiora, Heather Littlefield, and Victor Manfredi (eds.), Trends in African Linguistics 6: Selected Papers from the 31st Annual Conference on African Linguistics, Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, Inc. pp. 53-62.

2006        Perception of Yoruba Word-Initial [g͡b] and [b]. In Selected Proceedings of the 36thAnnual Conference on African Linguistics, Olaoba F. Arasanyin and Michael A. Pemberton, eds., 37-41. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.www.lingref.com , document #1404. Or more alternatively and directly,http://www.lingref.com/cpp/acal/36/abstract1404.html

2006        Tone dissimilation or tone polarity? Gur Papers/Cahiers Voltaïques No 7: 5-15.

2004        Marked Tones and Texture – The Necessity of High Tones in Konni. In Akinlabi, Akinbiyi and Oluseye Adesola (eds.), Proceedings of the 4th World Congress of African Linguistics: New Brunswick 2003. Cologne, Germany: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, 97-106.

2003        The phonology of /r/ in Konni. Gur Papers/Cahiers Voltaïques 6: 33-42.

2000        Phonology of Konni Verbs.  Gur Papers/Cahiers Voltaïques 5: 31-38.

1999        Vowel Harmony in Konni. In Paul Kotey (ed.) New Dimensions in African Linguistics and Languages. Trends in African Linguistics 3, pp. 55-74. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, Inc.

1998        Nasal Assimilation and Labial-Velar Geometry. In Maddieson, Ian, and Thomas J. Hinnebusch (eds.) Language History and Linguistic Description in Africa. Trends in African Linguistics 2, pp. 127-136. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, Inc.

1997        The phonology of labio-velar stops. Gur Papers/Cahiers Voltaïques No. 2: 69-80.

1997        with Frederick Parkinson. Partial Class Behavior and Feature Geometry: Remarks on Feature Class Theory. Proceedings of NELS 27.

1995        Peaking at Zero: Null Anaphora and other Indicators of Peak in Konni. In Akinbiyi, Akinlabi (ed.), Theoretical Approaches to African Linguistics. Trends in African Linguistics 1. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, Inc. pp. 345-357.

Working Papers and Notes on … Series

2011        Tonal Diversity in Languages of Papua New Guinea. SIL Electronic Working Papers 2011-008. http://www.sil.org/silewp/2011/silewp2011-008.pdf.

2008        Factors in designing effective orthographies for unwritten languages, with Elke Karan. SIL-EWP 2Cahill008-001. http://www.sil.org/silewp/abstract.asp?ref=2008-001

2007        More Universals of Tone. SIL Electronic Working Papers 2007-007. (http://www.sil.org/silewp/abstract.asp?ref=2007-007).

2001        Linguistics and Translation: Crucial Partners. Notes on Translation 15.3: 38-50.

2001        Avoiding Tone Marks: A Remnant of English Education? Notes on Literacy 27(1):13-21.

2000        From Endangered to Less Endangered: Case Histories from Brazil and Papua New Guinea. Notes on Sociolinguistics 5.1:23-34.

2000        Positional Contrast and Labial-Velars. OSU Working Papers in Linguistics 53: 71-92.

2000        Tonal Associative Morphemes in Optimality Theory. OSU Working Papers in Linguistics 53: 31-70.

1999        From Endangered to Less Endangered: Case Histories from Brazil and Papua New Guinea. SIL Electronic Working Papers. www.sil.org/silewp/1999/006/

1999        “Unruly Phonology”: An Introduction to Optimality Theory. Notes on Linguistics 2.2:5-20.

1999        Triple Splits from Proto-Buli-Konni. OSU Working Papers in Linguistics 52: Historical Linguistics, pp. 41-50.

1998        Tonal Polarity in Konni Nouns: An Optimal Theoretical Account. OSU Working Papers in Linguistics 51: 19-58.

1997        Perception of Consonant Clusters and Variable Gap Time. OSU Working Papers in Linguistics 50: Papers from the Linguistics Laboratory, pp. 1-10.

1996        ATR Harmony in Konni. Papers in Phonology: OSU Working Papers in Linguistics 48:13-30.

1994        Diphthongization and Underspecification in Konni. UTA Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 1:109-126.

1992        A Few Practical Tips for Using CECIL. Notes on Linguistics 59: 11-16.

Reviews

2013        Review of Cairns, Charles  E., and Eric Raimy (eds.). 2011. Handbook of the Syllable. Brill’s Handbooks in Linguistics 1. Leiden: Brill. To appear in SIL Electronic Book Reviews.

2012        Review of Dimmendal, Gerrit J. 2011. Historical Linguistics and the Comparative Study of African Languages. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Studies in Language 36:4, 907-914.

2012        Review of David Bellos. 2011. Is That a Fish in Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything. New York, NY, Faber and Faber. E-Language, May 2012,http://elanguage.net/blogs/booknotices/?p=2133.

2012        Review of David Bellos. 2011. Is That a Fish in Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything. New York, NY, Faber and Faber. SIL’s Electronic Book Reviews 2012-009http://www.sil.org:8090/silebr/2012/silebr2012-008.

2011        Review of Mark Hale and Charles Reiss (2008), The Phonological Enterprise
Oxford University Press. In Linguist List:  http://linguistlist.org/issues/22/22-2895.html.

2010        Book notice of Clara Ikekeonwu. 2007. The Phonetics of Nigerian Languages. LINCOM Language Research 05. Muenchen: LINCOM Europa. In e-Language, posted July 18, 2010, at http://elanguage.net/blogs/booknotices/?p=740.

2008        Book notice of Ross Jones. (2004). Boko Dictionary, LANGUAGES OF THE WORLD/Dictionaries 24. Muenchen: Lincom Europa, Bokobaru Dictionary, LANGUAGES OF THE WORLD/Dictionaries 30. Muenchen: Lincom Europa, Busa Dictionary, LANGUAGES OF THE WORLD/Dictionaries 31. Muenchen: Lincom Europa. In e-Language February 2008 http://elanguage.net/blogs/booknotices/?m=200802 .

2008        Review of Sharon Inkelas and Cheryl Zoll. 2005. Reduplication: Doubling in Morphology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In SIL Electronic Book Reviews 2008-001. http://www.sil.org:8090/silebr/2008/silebr2008-001

2007        Review of Paul DeLacey. 2007. The Cambridge Handbook of Phonology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In SIL Electronic Book Reviews 2007-009.http://www.sil.org/lglearning/Links.htm.

2005        Review of Hubert Devonish. 2002. Talking rhythm stressing tone: The role of prominence in Anglo-West African creole languages. Kingston, Jamaica: Arawak Publications. In Journal of Pidgins and Creoles 20.2: 378-382.

2005        Review of Herman Batibo. 2005. Language Decline and Death in Africa: Causes, Consequences, and Challenges. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters, Ltd. In LinguistList. http://linguistlist.org/issues/16/16-3542.html.

2005        Review of Hubert Devonish. 2002. Talking rhythm stressing tone: The role of prominence in Anglo-West African creole languages. Kingston, Jamaica: Arawak Publications. In Journal of Pidgins and Creoles 20.2: 378-382.

2005        Book Notice of Jeroen van de Weijer, Vincent J van Heuven, and Harry van der Hulst (eds.). The Phonological Spectrum. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Co, 2003. Language 81:1028-1030.

2005        Review of van Oostendorp, Marc, and  Jeroen  van de Weijer (eds.). The Internal Organization of Phonological Segments.  Studies in Generative Grammar 77. 2005. Mouton de Gruyter. In LinguistList http://linguistlist.org/issues/16/16-2680.html

2005        Review of John T. Jensen. Principles of Generative Phonology. John Benjamins Publishing Company. 2004. In LinguistList http://linguistlist.org/issues/16/16-1258.html

2005        Review of Mark Abley. 2003. Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company. In International Bulletin of Missionary Research 29.1: 46

2004        Book Notice of Jie Zhang. 2002. The Effects of Duration and Sonority on Contour Tone Distribution: A Typological Survey and Formal Analysis. Routledge Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics Series. New York, NY: Routledge. Language 80: 905-906.

2004        Book Notice of Kevin Bretonnel Cohen. 2000. Aspects of the Grammar of Kukú. Muenchen: Lincom Europa. Language 80.2: 340.

2004        Book Notice of Ethelbert E. Kari. 2000. Ogbronuagum (The Bukuma Language). Muenchen: Lincom Europa. Language 80.2: 348.

2004        Book Notice of Claire Bowern and Victoria Lotridge (eds.). 2002. Ndebele. Muenchen: Lincom Europa. Language 80.2: 338.

2003        Review of Janse, Mark and Sijmen Tol, eds. Language Death and Language Maintenance: Theoretical, practical , and descriptive approaches. LinguistList website [http://linguistlist.org/issues/14/14-1892.html]

2002        Review of Hall, T. Alan, ed. (2001). Distinctive Feature Theory. Mouton de Gruyter. LinguistList website [http://linguistlist.org/issues/13/13-1669.html]

2001        Review of MacEachern, Margaret R. (1999). Laryngeal Cooccurrence Restrictions. Garland Press. LinguistList website [http://linguistlist.org/issues/12/12-2990.html]

1999        Review of Bodomo, Adams. The Structure of Dagaare. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications. In Notes on Linguistics 2.2:28-32.

1997        Review of Ka, Omar. Wolof Phonology and Morphology. 1994. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. In WORD 48.1: 78-81.

1997        Review of Connell, Bruce, and Amalia Arvanti (eds.). Phonology and Phonetic EvidencePapers in Laboratory Phonology IV Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In Notes on Linguistics 76: 30-33.

1994        Review of van der Hulst, Harry and Keith Snider (eds.) 1993. The Phonology of Tone: The representation of tonal register. Notes on Linguistics 66, pp. 33-45.

1992        Review of Joseph, Brian, and Arnold Zwicky (eds.) 1990. When Verbs Collide: Papers from the 1990 Ohio State Mini-Conference on Serial Verbs. OSU Working Papers in Linguistics No. 39. In Notes on Linguistics 58:54-58.