Mark E. Karan


7500 West Camp Wisdom Road
Dallas, TX  75236
Phone: +1 972 708 7737



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Selected publications

Karan, Mark E. 2011. Understanding and forecasting ethnolinguistic vitality. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 32(2):137–149.

Karan, Mark E. 2001. The dynamics of Sango language spread. Publications in Sociolinguistics 7. Dallas: SIL International.

Karan, Mark E. 2000. Motivations: Language vitality assessments using the perceived benefit model of language shift. In Gloria Kindell and M. Paul Lewis (eds.), Assessing ethnolinguistic vitality: Theory and practice, 65–77. Dallas: SIL International.

Karan, Mark E. and Jürg Stalder. 2000. Assessing motivations: Techniques for researching the motivations behind language choice. In Gloria Kindell and M. Paul Lewis (eds.), Assessing ethnolinguistic vitality: Theory and practice, 189–205. Dallas: SIL International.

Karan, Mark E., and Thomas W. Marmor. 1985. An experiment in computer assisted dialect adaptation. In Kay Williamson (ed.), West African languages in education: Papers from the Fifteenth West African Congress, 199-226. Beiträge zur Afrikanistik 27, Veröffentlichungen der Institute für Afrikanistik und Ägyptologie der Universität Wien 38. Vienna: Afro-Pub.

Labov, William, Mark Karan, and Corey Miller. 1991. Near mergers and the suspension of phonemic contrast. Language Variation and Change 3:(1):33–74.


Karan, Mark E. 2011. The importance of identity and affiliation in dialect standardization. Paper presented at Methods in Dialectology 14: Dialogue on Dialect Standardization, University of Western Ontario, Canada. August 2–6, 2011.

Karan, Mark E. 2011. Motivations as a (FAMED) condition for sustainable language use. In M. Paul Lewis and Gary F. Simons (eds.), Ecological perspectives on language endangerment: Applying the sustainable use model for language development, 36–59. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Chicago, Illinois. March 26,

Karan, Mark E. 2008. The importance of motivations in language revitalization. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Language Development, Language Revitalization, and Multilingual Education in Ethnolinguistic Communities, Bangkok, Thailand. July 1–3, 2008. Also presented at the Three Day Afghanistan Languages Workshop, Kabul Education University Library, Kabul, Afghanistan. August 11–13, 2009.

Publications in SIL International Bibliography