John M. Lawler

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John Lawler

  • Fields of Study
    • Semantics, grammar, the English language, applied computational linguistics, Indonesian linguistics
  • About

    John Lawler is a general practitioner of Linguistics, studying the processes of metaphor in relation to lexicon and grammar from a cognitive perspective. He is particularly curious about embodied metaphors, and those underlying mathematics, computing, and epistemology. In addition, he has a special interest in popular English grammar, and in extending the scope and quality of linguistic education in American culture. Within applied computational linguistics, his main interests are semantic problems of computer lexicography and user interface design, and his special focus in Indonesian linguistics is on Malay and Acehnese. He has a large and popular Web site at

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of Michigan