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Prof. Dr. Jeff Siegel

Allgemeine und pazifische Linguistik
University of New England
Juli 2013

Vergangene FRIAS-Aufenthalte

  • Mai - Juni 2012
  • Mai - Juli 2009
  • Sept. 2010
  • Mai - Juli 2011



Jeff Siegel received his PhD in Linguistics from the Australian National University in 1985, and is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of New England in Australia. He has more than 30 years of university teaching experience not only in Australia but also in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Hawai‘i. His main area of research is on language contact varieties such as pidgins, creoles, indigenized varieties, and immigrant koines, and he has published extensively on Melanesian Pidgin, Hawai‘i Creole and Fiji Hindi. The research, which has been funded by both the Australian Research Council and the National Science Foundation (USA), spans both theoretical and applied areas, from the origins of the linguistic features of contact varieties to the use of pidgins, creoles and unstandardised varieties in formal education. Jeff was founding director of the Charlene Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole and Dialect Studies at the University of Hawai‘i, and now serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages and Te Reo.



Selected publications


  • Sakoda, K. & Siegel, J. (2003). Pidgin grammar: An introduction to the creole language of Hawai‘i. Honolulu: Bess Press.
  • Siegel, J. (1985). Koines and koineization. Language in Society 14, 357-378.
  • Siegel, J. (1987). Language contact in a plantation environment: A sociolinguistic history of Fiji. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Siegel, J. (1999). Transfer constraints and substrate influence in Melanesian Pidgin. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 14, 1-44.
  • Siegel, J. (2000). Substrate influence in Hawai‘i Creole English. Language in Society 29(2), 197-236.
  • Siegel, J. (2003). Substrate influence in creoles and the role of transfer in second language acquisition. Studies in Second Language Acquisition 25(2), 185-209.
  • Siegel, J. (2006). Keeping creoles and dialects out of the classroom: Is it justified? In Shondel Nero (ed.), Dialects, Englishes, creoles, and education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 39-67.
  • Siegel, J. (2006). Language ideologies and the education of speakers of marginalized language varieties: Adopting a critical awareness approach. Linguistics and Education 17, 157-174.
  • Siegel, J. (2007). Recent evidence against the Language Bioprogram Hypothesis: The pivotal case of Hawai‘i Creole. Studies in Language 31, 51-88.
  • Siegel, J. (2008). The emergence of pidgin and creole languages. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press.


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