Karl J. Franklin, Ph.D.



7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd.
Dallas, TX 75236 U.S.A.

972 708 7400 X2373

email: karl_franklin@sil.org


  • Ph.D., Australian National University (1969)
  • M.A., Cornell University (1965)
  • B.A., The King's College (1954)
Current positions
  • International Anthropology Consultant
Other experience
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs, SIL (1996 – 2001)
  • International Training Coordinator (1994 – 1996)
  • International Coordinator SIL, Training (1994 – 1996)
  • Director, South Pacific SIL, Australia (1991 – 1994)
  • Director TSD PNG (1987)
  • International Coordinator SIL, Anthropology (1984 – 1986)
  • International Coordinator SIL, Linguistics (1976 – 1979)
  • Assoc. Director Lang. Affairs PNG (1964 – 1965)
  • Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea
  • Nat Storytelling Network
Language proficiency
  • East Kewa
  • West Kewa
  • Tok Pisin
Research interests
  • Papuan Linguistics
  • Pidgins and Creoles
  • Orality
Selected publications
2007. The word in Kewa. In Piakandatu ami: Dr. Howard P. McKaughan, edited by Loren Billings and Nelleke Goudswaard.. Manila: Linguistic Society of the Philippines and SIL Philippines.
2003. Tagmemic insights on Kewa numbers and names. In Language and life: essays in momory of Kenneth L. Pike, edited by Mary Ruth Wise, Ruth Brend and Tom Headland. Dallas: SIL International, pp. 247-262.
2001. “Kutubuan (Foe and Fasu) and proto Engan.” In Andrew Pawley, Malcolm Ross and Darrell Tryon (eds.), The boy from Bundaberg: studies in Melanesian linguistics in honor of Tom Dutton, 143-54. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
1997. “Engan pronouns and their old endings.” Australian Journal of Linguistics, 17:185-217.
1992. Traim tasol: vocabulary testing in Tok Pisin. 73 pp. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, Series D 85.
1990. (with Robert Litteral). A programmed course in Tok Pisin (with accompanying tape by Steven Thomas). 181 pp. Revision of Litteral, 1969. Ukarumpa: SIL.
1978. (with Joice Franklin, assisted by Yapua Kirapeasi). A Kewa dictionary: with supplementary grammatical and anthropological materials. 514 pp. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics C 53.
1971. A grammar of Kewa, New Guinea. 138 pp. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics C 16.

Selected papers presented
2004. Papuan languages and linguistics. Presented at a Linguistics Forum, Dallas, Texas.
2005. Special strategies for small language groups. Presented at a Linguistic Forum, Ukarumpa, PNG.
2006. Etic and emic stories. Presented at a GIAL Linguistics Forum, Dallas, Texas.

Works online
1998. Lexicography considerations for Tok Pisin. [Based on a paper presented in Madang, PNG at the Papuan Linguistics Conference, September, 1992.] SIL Electronic Workpapers 1998-002.
1998. K.L. Pike on etic vs. emic: A review and interview. [Based on a paper presented in Madang, PNG at the Papuan Linguistics Conference, September, 1992.]