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educator , linguist

Paul Newman, American linguist, educator. Named Personnel chair African Linguistics, Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, 1979, Distinguished Professor, Ind University, 2002; Fulbright Specialist, University Haifa, Israel, 2010. State board member American Civil Liberties Union Indiana; Member of American Bar Association, International Language and Law Association, Linguistic Society America, Indiana State Bar.

Background

Newman, Paul was born on March 7, 1937 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.

Education

Bachelor, University Pennsylvania, 1958. Master of Arts, University Pennsylvania, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy, University of California at Los Angeles, 1967.

Juris Doctor, Indiana University, 2003.

Career

He is the world’s leading authority on the Hausa language of Nigeria and on the Chadic language family. He has taught at Yale University, the University of Leiden, and the Centre for the Study of Nigerian Languages at Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria. He is currently Distinguished Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Indiana University after serving two terms as chairman of the department.

Newman is a strong advocate of the theories of his mentor, Joseph Greenberg, and has published a work in defense of Greenberg’s classification of African languages entitled On Being Right. Newman is also interested in the relation of language and law and is a strong advocate of civil liberties.

Achievements

  • He is the founder of the Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, the leading journal in the field of African-language studies.

Works

Membership

State board member American Civil Liberties Union Indiana. Member of American Bar Association, International Language and Law Association, Linguistic Society America, Indiana State Bar.