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John Foreman

Dr. John Foreman

Dr. John Foreman
Assistant Professor



Dr. John Foreman, assistant professor of English, received his BA (Plan II) from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and his PhD in linguistics from UCLA in 2006.

His research focuses on syntax (sentence structure), the grammar of non-standard varieties of English, and the linguistic structure of various indigenous languages of the Americas. He has studied with speakers of Lakhota (South Dakota), Aymara (Bolivia), and Quechua (Bolivia)—the language of the Incas.

His most extensive work, though, has been on the variety of Zapotec spoken in the town of San Pablo Macuiltianguis, Oaxaca, Mexico. It was the subject of his dissertation and the focus of his 2008-2009 NSF/NEH Documenting Endangered Languages Fellowship project, which laid the groundwork for developing an interactive, wiki-dictionary and grammar of the language.


Ph.D. in Linguistics from The University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
B.A. in Plan II from The University of Texas in Austin, 1996

CV/VITAE: Foreman Vitae

Classes Taught:

English 3330: English Grammar
English 3319: Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics
English 1301: Composition 1

Joined UTB:


Area of Specialty and Responsibility:

I specialize in linguistics, particularly on syntax and description of minority, indigenous languages. I have worked on various native languages of the Americas, most extensively on varieties of Zapotec, a language family originating in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Previous Experience:

2005-2009: Assistant Professor, Department of English, Utica College, Utica, New York
2004-2005: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
2002-2004: Lecturer, Department of English, California State University, Los Angeles
2000-2002: Graduate Student Instructor, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles

Office Hours - spring 2012

Monday & Wednesday
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday & Thursday
2:55 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.
Office: MRCS 221
Phone: (956) 882-7302
Fax: (956) 882-8239

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