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Emeritus Professor Keith Allan

Education: PhD in Linguistics

Affiliation: Monash University, Australia


50 Butterfly Lane

Black Mountain

Qld 4563


Phone: +61-






Keith Allan MLitt, PhD (Edinburgh), FAHA, is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Monash University. He was a recipient of the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society and the Humanities in Linguistics and Philology in 2003. Keith’s research interests focus mainly on aspects of meaning in language, with a secondary interest in the history and philosophy of linguistics. He is Editor of The Australian Journal of Linguistics and on the boards of Language Sciences, Journal of Pragmatics and Empirical Foundations of Theoretical Pragmatics. Keith has published on the topics of censorship, discourse analysis, dysphemism, euphemism, grammaticalization, jargon, language policy, linguistic metatheory, morphology, politeness, pragmatics, prosody, psycho¬linguistics, semantics, sociolinguistics, speech act theory, syntax, and taboo. His books include Linguistic Meaning (1986); Euphemism and Dysphemism: Language Used as Shield and Weapon (with Kate Burridge, 1991); Natural Language Semantics (2001); Forbidden Words: Taboo and the Censoring of Language (with Kate Burridge, 2006); Concise Encyclopaedia of Semantics (2009); The Western Classical Tradition in Linguistics Second Expanded Edition (2010, first edition 2007); The English Language and Linguistics Companion (with Julie Bradshaw et al. 2010); The Cambridge Handbook of Pragmatics (with Kasia Jaszczolt, 2012); Salience and Defaults in Utterance Processing (with Kasia Jaszczolt, 2012); The Oxford Handbook of the History of Linguistics (2012). His selected works include Concise Encyclopedia of Semantics (Oxford: Elsevier. Pp. 1080), and The Western Classical Tradition in Linguistics (2nd ed) (London: Equinox).

Selected Publications