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educator , linguist

Wayne O'Neil, American linguist, educator. Achievements include development of materials and a theory of second language acquisition and activities in support of native language revitalization. Fulbright fellow in Iceland, 1961; American Council Learned Societies study fellow Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1964-1965; George Watson fellow University Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 1998.

Background

O'Neil, Wayne was born on December 22, 1931 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States. Son of L.J. and Kathryn (Obermeyer) O'N.

Education

AB, University of Wisconsin, 1955;AM, University of Wisconsin, 1956;Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, 1960;AM (honorary), Harvard University, 1965.

Career

Assistant professor linguistics and literature University Oregon, 1961-1965. Professor linguistics and education Harvard University, 1965-1968, lecturer education, 1968-1972, visiting professor education, 1978-1986. Professor linguistics Massachusetts Institute of Technology, since 1968, chairman literature faculty, 1969-1975, chairman linguistics program, 1986-1997, head department linguistics and philosophy, 1989-1997.

Lecturer human development Wheelock College, Boston, since 1991. Lecturer Beijing Normal University, 1980, Beijing and Shanghai Foreign Language Institutes, 1981. Lecturer linguistics Shandong (China) University, 1982-1983, professor, since 1984.

Professor Summer Institute on Language Change, National Endowment of the Humanities, 1978. Visiting professor Tsuda College, Tokyo, 1983, Kanda University International Studies, Makuhari, Japan, 1997, American Indian Language Development Institute, 2000-2004, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan, 2001-2007, Navajo Language Academy, since 2007. Co-director Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Japan Science and Technology mind articulation project, 1996-2002.

Achievements

  • Achievements include development of materials and a theory of second language acquisition and activities in support of native language revitalization.

Works

Membership

Member steering committee Resist, since 1967, Peoples Coalition for Peace and Justice, 1970-1972. Co-founder, member Linguistics for Nicaragua, since 1985. With United States Army, 1952-1954.

Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Linguistic Society of America, National Council Teachers English, American Association Applied Linguistics, Assembly for the Teaching English Grammar.

Connections

Married; children: Scott Leslie, Patrick Sean, Elizabeth Erla.

father:
L.J. O'N.

mother:
Kathryn (Obermeyer) O'N.

children:
Scott Leslie O'Neil

Patrick Sean O'Neil

Elizabeth Erla O'Neil