Craig Volker


  • Professor of Linguistic Research
  • Postgraduate and Research Centre
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Professor Craig Alan Volker joined DWU in 2013. His previous position was Professor of Languages at Gifu Shōtoku Gakuen University in Japan. He has also taught at Goroka Teachers College, Aiyura and Passam National High Schools, and high school in Australia.

Academic Qualifications

BA (with Honors), University of Montana
Graduate Diploma of Education in TESOL, South Australian College of Advanced Education
Master of Literary Studies, University of Queensland
PhD, University of Hawai’i

Research Interests

PNG language documentation, pidgin and creole languages, translation, vernacular and bilingual education

Traditional Title

Wangpaang (Associate Talking Chief) of the Sea Eagle Clan of the Nalik people of New Ireland

Recent Publications

Hoko, T., Volker, C.A., Ido, Y., Nakazawa, H., & Yamada, Y. (2013). The Lives and Times of Movie Stars. Nagoya: Screenplay Fourin.

Volker, C.A. & Hoko, T. (2011) Hawaiʻi: English with Aloha. Nagoya: Sankeisha Publishers.

Volker, C.A. (2011). The applicability of the bioprogram to the languages of Papua New Guinea. Annals of Gifu Shōtoku University, 50.

Volker, C.A. (2009). Possible links between Melanesian and Hawaiian English pidgins. Language and Linguistics in Oceania. Vol. 1.

Unserdeutsch – ein dokumentarisches Südseemärchen. Dir. Nicola Unger. Akademie der Künste, Berlin 18 Sept, 2009 (Premier performance).  Guest Actor and Cultural Advisor

Volker, C.A. (Ed.). (2008). The Oxford Papua New Guinea Dictionary of Tok Pisin. Melbourne: Oxford University Press

Forthcoming Publications

Volker, C.A. (forthcoming 2013).,メラネシアとハワイのピジン英語は同じ祖先か. In T. Okamura (Ed.) 南太平洋の言語..  Hiroshima: Keisuisha.

Volker, C.A. & Anderson, F. (Eds.). (forthcoming 2013). Education in Languages of Lesser Power: Asia-Pacific Perspectives, Amsterdam: John Benjamins.