John Newman holds the position of Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics, University of Alberta and is currently an Adjunct Research Fellow at the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics, Monash University, Australia.
John’s research interests are quite broad and include cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, typology, and in an earlier life phonology (including a textbook on Feature Geometry). John has published on a diverse range of languages —Germanic, Sinitic (especially Chinese dialects), and Austronesian— and has carried out fieldwork in Sarawak in (Malaysia), Manus Island (in Papua New Guinea) and in Alberta, Canada.
For some years, John has been engaged in cross-linguistic research on verbal concepts, resulting in a number of book-length publications and journal articles on this topic. The names of some of the journals in which he has published speak to the diversity of his interests: Oceanic Linguistics, the Journal of Philippine Linguistics, the Journal of Chinese Linguistics, Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale, and the Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science.
As members of the ICLA will know, John is the Editor-in-Chief of our journal Cognitive Linguistics, He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Prof. Nick C. Ellis is Professor of Psychology and Linguistics and a Research Scientist at the English Language Institute, University of Michigan. He also serves as the General Editor of Language Learning. His wide range of research interests include first, second and foreign language acquisition, psycholinguistics, applied linguistics, computational modelling and cognitive linguistics.
He is currently working on the different roles of explicit and implicit learning in language knowledge and processing, usage-based acquisition and the probabilistic tuning of the language system, and the applications of psychological theory in language testing and language instruction. His most recent book publication is Usage-based Approaches to Language Acquisition and Processing: Cognitive and Corpus Investigations of Construction Grammar (2016, with Ute Römer and Matthew Brook O’Donnell).
He has also edited a number of books, including Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (2008, with Peter Robinson) and Language as a Complex Adaptive System (2009, with Diane Larsen-Freeman).
Laura A. Janda is a Professor of Russian Linguistics at the University of Tromsø, Norway. Her main research interests are Russian, Slavic languages, morphology and aspect. Since moving to Norway, she has begun working on North Saami and has several scholarly publications on that language as well.
She has taught many courses at different universities in the US and Norway, including Russian, Czech, Cognitive Linguistics, and Quantitative Methods in Linguistics.
Her most recent book publication is Why Russian aspectual prefixes aren’t empty: prefixes as verb classifiers (2013, co-authored with Anna Endresen, Julia Kuznetsova, Olga Lyashevskaya, Anastasia Makarova, Tore Nesset, Svetlana Sokolova). She has also edited a number of books, including Cognitive Linguistics: The Quantitative Turn. The Essential Reader (2013) and Slavic Linguistics in a Cognitive Framework (2011), and is Associate Editor of the journal Cognitive Linguistics. She is a past president of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association. In 2014 she helped to launch TROLLing, the Tromsø Repository Of Language And Linguistics, an international publicly accessible archive for the sharing of linguistic data and statistical analysis available at opendata.uit.no.
Currently Laura Janda is working on several projects, including the Russian Constructicon (a multinational project coordinated with the building of constructicons for other languages), and corpus- and experiment-based investigations of aspect in Russian.