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John Powell

About John Powell

John W. W. Powell is a PhD student of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. His research interest are in syntax, morphology, historical linguistics, language documentation, revitalization, and maintenance of Indigenous languages, specifically comparative and historical Yuman morphosyntax. He collaborates with the Piipaash (Maricopa) community.

Areas of Study

• Syntactic Theory
• Language Revitalization
• Geographical Information Sciences (Graduate Certificate)


• Piipaash Community-based Collaboration with Salt River Pima - Maricopa Indian Community, 2016 to Present
• Research Aide — PI: Simin Karimi: "Documentation and comparative grammatical analysis of aspects of five Iranian languages (NSF), Summer 2020
• Research Aide — PI: Wilson de Lima Silva: Analyzing Siriano and Desano to Determine Universal Principles of Language Change (NSF), Summer 2019
• Associate Editor — Coyote Papers
• Co-organizer — Friends of Yuman Languages Research Group, 2018 to Present

Research Interests

• Yuman Languages
• Language Documentation
• Language Revitalization
• Historical Linguistics
• Syntax
• Morphology
• Indigenous Languages
• Typology
• Linguistic Geography
• Western Romance Languages
• Iranian Languages
• Celtic Languages
• Morphosyntactic Variation
• African American English

Areas of Study

• Syntactic Theory
• Language Revitalization
• Geographical Information Sciences (Graduate Certificate)

Selected Publications

Powell, J. W. W. (2019). [Review of Defying Maliseet Language Death: Emergent Vitalities of Language, Culture, & Identity in Eastern Canada, by Bernard C. Perley]. International Journal of American Linguistics, 85(3), 449-451. https://doi.org/10.1086/703243

Powell, J. W. W. (8 February, 2019). [Review of Word Hunters, by H. Sarvasy & D. Forker (Eds)]. LINGUIST List, 30(631), 168-70. https://linguistlist.org/issues/30/30-631.html

Powell, J. W. W. (2019). [Review of An 1860 English-Hopi Vocabulary Written in the Deseret Alphabet, by K. L. Beesley & D. Elzinga]. International Journal of American Linguistics, 85(1), 168-70. https://doi.org/10.1086/700322

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Contact Information

John Powell
University Fellow, Graduate Teaching Assistent
Office: Douglass 304


MA, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Arizona State University, 2018.
BA, English (Literature), French minor, Arizona State University, 2010
AA, AGEC-A, English Education, Mesa Community College, 2006.

Courses Taught

• Summer, 2020: LING 210 — American Indian Languages (online)
• Spring, 2020: LING 310 — Linguistic Typology (online)
• Fall, 2019: LING 201 — Introduction to Linguistics (in-person)