John Erickson

John Erickson

Research Associate, Anthropology


  • Ph.D., Central Eurasian Studies and Linguistics, Indiana University, 2001

About Dr. John Erickson

I am director of the Center for Turkic and Iranian Lexicography and Dialectology, where I have directed two Title VI projects—the Uzbek Dictionary Project (2004-2008) and the Web-based Uzbek Dialect Dictionary Project (2007-2011), funded by the International Research and Studies Program of the US Department of Education. At CTILD, my co-researchers and I are currently preparing our Uzbek dictionary for publication. I am also managing editor of the journal Anthropological Linguistics. In addition, I have taught the course “Structure of Turkic Languages” in the departments of Central Eurasian Studies and Linguistics. I received my Ph.D. from IU in 2001 with a double major in Central Eurasian Studies and Linguistics, specializing in Turkic linguistics. My research interests and work have focused on Turkic linguistics, language contact and linguistic change in Central Asia, comparative Turkic and Iranian morphosyntax, Uzbek lexicography and dialectology, historical linguistics, and anthropological linguistics.

Examples of work

  • Erickson, John A., and Umida Khikmatillaeva. 2011. Phonological Alternations of Loanwords in the Uzbek Tashkent Dialect. Presented at the Central Eurasian Studies Society Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 15-18 September.
  • Erickson, John A., and Umida Khikmatillaeva. 2009. The Implications of Language Reform and Lexical Change for Uzbek Lexicography. Presented at the Dictionary Society of North America XVII Biennial Meeting, Indiana University, 27-30 May.
  • Erickson, John A. 2009. Specificity and Accusative Case Marking in Uzbek. Presented at the Sixteenth Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, 28 February.
  • Erickson, John A. 2002. On the Origin of the Directive Case in Turkic. Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 55(4):403-411. Budapest.