Janet Allen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics


  • Ph.D., Heinrich Heine Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany  (2011)
  • M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago (1997)
  • B.A., Trinity University, Deerfield, IL (1992)

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Understanding English Grammar
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Morphology & Syntax

Professional Memberships/Associations

  • SIL International (1973-2003)
  • Adjunct Faculty (summers), University of North Dakota
  • Wycliffe Bible Translators (1973-present)

Professional Experience/Achievements

  • Linguistic research and Bible translation, Kankanaey language, Philippines
  • English Language Immersion Program, Manila, Philippines 1997-2000
  • Associate linguistics Instructor at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago   2003-2006
  • Adjunct Linguistics professor, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Dallas 2008-2016

Teaching Philosophy

My experience and interest in language development in the Philippines has led directly to a desire to share the tools and insights of linguistics with others. Linguistics helps people navigate the unique challenges of language-learning and cross-cultural service of many kinds. I am especially keen to equip others to continue the unfinished task of Bible translation in minority languages around the world.

I have observed that learning by doing and discovering is preferable to passive reception. I try to present concepts and provide practice, and then give my students opportunities to apply the concepts, and use the tools of linguistics, in individual projects.

Research Interests

  • Non-narrative discourse analysis
  • Role and Reference Grammar applications


  • Kankanaey:  a Role and Reference Grammar analysis. Dallas: SIL (2013)
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