Lincoln, Neville (Modern Languages, Linguistics)

Neville Lincoln received his B.A. from the University of London. He pursued graduate studies at the University of Alberta and wrote his thesis on the phonology of the Métis dialect of St. Paul, Alberta. He received his M.A. in Linguistics in 1963. He then studied at Cornell University, where he received a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Linguistics in 1969. In 1966, he was appointed as an assistant professor of French and Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages at Simon Fraser University. Despite his relative youth and inexperience, Lincoln was made the chair of the Department in 1969, a position he held for four years. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1978.

Later, Lincoln became affiliated with the Department of Linguistics and served as that Department’s chair in the mid- to late‑nineties. Lincoln’s research was on Indigenous languages, and those of the Northwest coast in particular. In addition to work on North Wakashan, Kwakiutl, and Ooowekyala, Lincoln also published on the Haisla language. In 1986, he published a dictionary of the language with John C. Rath entitled Phonology, Dictionary, and Listing of Roots, and Lexical Derivatives of the Haisla Language of Kitlope and Kitimaat. He also helped publish, with Rath and Evelyn Windsor, a Haisla story called Baxbakalanusiwa, as it was told to them by respected Haisla elder Gordon Robertson. Lincoln is now retired.

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