John McLaughlin


Associate Professor

John McLaughlin

Contact Information

Office Location: Logan (RWST 307)
Phone: (435) 797-2738
Additional Information:

Educational Background

  • PhD - University of Kansas - 1987
  • MA - University of Utah - 1978
  • BA - Utah State University - 1975
  • Other - Defense Language Institute - 1985
  • United States Army Intelligence Center and School - 1986


Linguistics; grammars of the Timbisha and Shoshoni languages.


Dr. McLaughlin has been at Utah State University since 1993. Before that time he spent a number of years working for defense and space contractors as a marketing and proposal specialist. His PhD is in Linguistics from the University of Kansas where he wrote the first grammar of the Timbisha language of Death Valley. He has successfully written proposals to the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine and is an Honorary Professor of Romance and Germanic Languages at Rivne State Humanities University. He is a veteran and was a senior interrogation instructor in the US Army Reserve.

Select Publications

McLaughlin, J. E. (2018). Expanding to the edges: Central Numic dual number. International Journal of American Linguistics, 84(3), 359-381,

McLaughlin, J. E. (2013). Causative development in Numic. In M. Lachout (Ed.), Aktuelle Tendenzen Der Sprachwissenschaft: Ausgewählte Beiträge Zu Den GeSuS-Linguistiktagen an Der Metropolitan Universität Prag, 26-28 (pp. 399-408). Philologia - Sprachwissenschaftliche Forschungsergebnisse, Band 176. Hamburg: Dr Kovač.

McLaughlin, J. E. (2012). Shoshoni grammar. Languages of the World/Materials, 488. Munich: Lincom Europa

McLaughlin, J. E. (2006). Timbisha. Languages of the World/Materials, 453. Munich: Lincom Europa.