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Lyle Campbell

Lyle Campbell
Born (1942-10-22) October 22, 1942
Nationality American
Fields Historical linguistics, Native American languages
Alma mater Brigham Young University (B.A.)
University of Washington (M.A.)
UCLA (Ph.D.)

Lyle Richard Campbell (born October 22, 1942)[1] is an American scholar and linguist known for his studies of indigenous American languages—especially those of Mesoamerica—and on historical linguistics in general.[2] Campbell is currently professor of linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.[3]

Life and career

Lyle Campbell was born on October 22, 1942, and was raised in rural Oregon. He received a B.A. in archaeology and anthropology from Brigham Young University in 1966, followed by an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Washington in 1967. He then did doctoral studies at UCLA, earning a Ph.D. in 1971 with a dissertation entitled "Historical Linguistics and Quichean Linguistic Prehistory".[4]

Campbell has held appointments at the University of Missouri (1971–1974), the State University of New York at Albany (1974–1989), Louisiana State University (1989–1994), the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand (1994–2004), the University of Utah (2004–2010), and currently the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He has been a visiting professor at Australian National University, Colegio de México, Memorial University, Ohio State University, University of Hamburg, University of Helsinki, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Universidad del País Vasco, University of Turku, and at three universities in Brazil. He has held joint appointments in Linguistics, Anthropology, Behavioral Research, Latin American Studies, and Spanish.

His research and teaching specializations include: historical linguistics, American Indian languages, documentation and revitalization of endangered languages, typology, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and Uralic languages.

He is the author of 20 books and 200 articles; two of his books (American Indian languages: The historical linguistics of Native America and Historical Syntax in Cross-Linguistic Perspectives, co-written with Alice C. Harris) were awarded the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award by the Linguistic Society of America for the best book in linguistics published in the previous two years.

Published books

  • Campbell, Lyle & Blair, Robert et al. (1971). Cakchiquel Basic Course. Provo: Peace Corps.
  • Campbell, Lyle (1977). Quichean Linguistic Prehistory (University of California Publications in Linguistics, 81). Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Campbell, Lyle et al. (1978). Bibliography of Mayan Languages and Linguistics. Institute for Mesoamerican Studies, Publication 3. SUNY Albany.
  • Campbell, Lyle & Mithun, Marianne (Eds.) (1979). The Languages of Native America: An Historical and Comparative Assessment. Austin: University of Texas Press.
  • Campbell, Lyle (1980). El Idioma Cacaopera. (Colección Antropología e Historia, 16.) Administración del patrimonio cultural. San Salvador, El Salvador: Ministerio de Educación, Dirección de publicaciones.
  • Campbell, Lyle & Justeson, John (Eds.) (1984). Phoneticism in Mayan Hieroglyphic Writing. (Institute for Mesoamerican Studies, Pub. 9.) SUNY Albany/University of Texas Press.
  • Campbell, Lyle et al. (1985). The Foreign Impact of Lowland Mayan Languages and Script. (Middle American Research Institute, publication 53.) New Orleans: Tulane University.
  • Campbell, Lyle (1985). The Pipil Language of El Salvador. Berlin: Mouton Publishers.
  • Campbell, Lyle (1988). The Linguistics of Southeast Chiapas. (Papers of the New World Archaeological Foundation, 51.) Provo, Utah.
  • Campbell, Lyle & E. Migliazza (1988). Panorama General de las Lenguas Indígenas en las Amerícas. Historia General de América, tomo 10. Instituto Panamericano de Geografía e Historia. Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Campbell, Lyle & Harris, Alice C. (1995). Historical syntax in cross-linguistic perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Winner of the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award, 1998.]
  • Campbell, Lyle; Mistry, P. J. & Hill, Jane (Eds.) (1997). The Life of Language: Papers in Linguistics in Honor of William Bright. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Campbell, Lyle (1997). American Indian languages: the historical linguistics of Native America. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-509427-1. [Winner of the Linguistic Society of America’s “Leonard Bloomfield Book Award,” 2000, for the best book in linguistics for the previous two years. Named 1998 Outstanding Academic Book by Choice.]
  • Campbell, Lyle (1998). Historical Linguistics: an Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Campbell, Lyle (1999). Historical Linguistics: an Introduction. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (American rights edition of 1998 Edinburgh University Press book.) ISBN 0-262-53267-0.
  • Campbell, Lyle (Eds.) (2003). Grammaticalization: a critical assessment. (Special issue of Language Sciences, vol. 23, numbers 2-3.)
  • Campbell, Lyle et al. (2004). New Zealand English: its Origins and Evolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Campbell, Lyle (2004). Historical Linguistics: an Introduction (2nd edition). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, and Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Campbell, Lyle and William J. Poser (2008). Language Classification: History and Method. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-88005-3.
  • Campbell, Lyle and Verónica Grondona (Eds.) (2012). "The Indigenous Languages of South America: A Comprehensive Guide." Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

See also

External links

  • Works by or about Lyle Campbell in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  • Faculty | UHM Linguistics Department


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .
  2. ^ Lyle Campbell
  3. ^ [1] SPRING 2011 COURSE LISTING Linguistics
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