John R. Roberts


European Training Programme
Horsleys Green
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
HP14 3XL, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)1494 510084



Current positions

Other experience


Language proficiency

Research interests

Selected publications

Publications in SIL International Bibliography

2009. Roberts, John R., in cooperation with Behrooz Barjasteh Delforooz and Carina Jahani. A Study of Persian Discourse Structure. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis. Studia Iranica Upsaliensia 12. Uppsala University Library.

2001. “Impersonal constructions in Amele,” in Alexandra Y. Aikenvald, R. M. W. Dixon, Masayuki Onishi eds.Non-canonical marking of subjects and objects. Typological Studies in Language 46,pp. 201-250. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

1997. “GIVE in Amele,” in The Linguistics of Giving,J. Newman, ed. Pp. 1-33. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

1997. “The syntax of discourse structure.” Notes on Translation 11.2,15-34.

1997. “Switch-reference in Papua New Guinea: A preliminary survey,” in Papers in Papuan linguistics, A. Pawley, ed. No. 3, 101-241.Pacific Linguistics, A-87.

1996. “A Government and Binding Analysis of the Verb in Amele.” in Language and Linguistics in Melanesia 27.1:1-66.

1994. “The Category ‘Irrealis’ in Papuan Medial Verbs.” in Notes on Linguistics 67, 5-39.

1993. “Mirror-Image Reduplication in Amele.” in Notes on Linguistics 63, 27-33.

1991. “A Study of the Dialects of Amele.” in Language and Linguistics in Melanesia 22.1-2, 67-126.

1991. “Reduplication in Amele ” in T. Dutton, ed. Papers in Papuan linguistics, No. 1, 115-146. Pacific Linguistics, A-73.

1990. “Modality in Amele and other Papuan languages. ” Journal of Linguistics 26, 363-401.

1988. “Switch-Reference in Papuan Languages: A Syntactic or Extrasyntactic Device?” in Australian Journal of Linguistics 8, 75-118.

1988. “Amele switch-reference and the theory of grammar. ” Linguistic Inquiry 19.1, 45-63

1987. Amele. London: Croom Helm.

Selected papers presented

2009. How to find serial verbs in English: an RRG analysis of phase verb constructions. Presented at the Role and Reference Grammar International Conference, 2009. Berkeley University, California. (Available on RRG website.)

2009. Linguistic Prerequisites for Bible Translation: Amele Case Study. Presented at the Bible Translation 2009 Conference, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Dallas, Texas. (Available on SIL Insite website.)

2006. Lexical categories and syntactic categories. Presented at the Eurasia Area Linguistics Forum meeting, ETP UK, Horsleys Green (UK).

2005. Scrambling in Persian: an RRG Approach. Presented at the First International Conference on Iranian Linguistics, Uppsala University (Sweden).

1993. Object Agreement in Amele. A Preliminary Report. Presented at the 1993. LSPNG Conference, Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea).

1992. The Category ‘Irrealis’ in Papuan Medial Verbs. Presented at the Symposium on Mood and Modality, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

1992. The Morphological and Syntactic Status of Verbs in Amele. Presented at the Third International Conference on Papuan Linguistics, Sept 1992, Madang (Papua New Guinea).

1990. Reduplication in Amele. Presented at the Philological Society, School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Selected online publications

2009. Linguistic Prerequisites for Bible Translation: Amele Case Study. SIL Insite website.

2009. How to find serial verbs in English: an RRG analysis of phase verb constructions.

2007. Features of Persian Discourse Structure. SIL Insite website.