Curriculum vitae and related materials: J. Cale Johnson
Sept 2004 to present: Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA.
2004: PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (Assyriology) at UCLA. Dissertation: "In the Eye of the Beholder: Quantificational, pragmatic and aspectual features of the *bi- verbal prefix in Sumerian (Download a PDF copy here)"
2000: MA in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (Assyriology) at UCLA. Thesis: "Inalienability, antipassivization and headward migration in Sumerian"
1994: MA in Religious Studies from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago
1993: BA in Religious Studies from the University of California at Davis
Unaccusativity and the double object construction in Sumerian (expected completion in the summer of 2008)
Decomposing the DP in Sumerian: Definiteness, specificity and the BNBV diagnostic (to appear in Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes)
Corpus-driven models of lexicography and Mesopotamian cultural heritage preservation at CDLI. In R. Biggs, J. Myers and M. Roth, eds., Proceedings of the 51st Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, pp. 69-74. SAOC 62. Chicago: Oriental Institute.
Review of The First Writing: Script Invention as History and Process, ed. Stephen Houston. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 17(2): 298-300.
Internally Headed Relative Clauses in Akkadian: Identifying Weak Quantification in the Construct State. Journal of Cuneiform Studies 57: 85-98.
Review of Sargonic Akkadian: A Historical and Comparative Study of the Syllabic Texts by Rebecca Hasselbach. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz (2005). Review of Biblical Literature.
In the Eye of the Beholder: Quantificational, pragmatic and aspectual features of the bi- verbal prefix in Sumerian. PhD dissertation, UCLA. UMI.
Evidence of antipassivization in Sumerian The Bulletin of the International Institute for Linguistic Sciences Kyoto Sangyo University 21: 205-240.
Mirativity in Sumerian
The kennings in Gilgamesh's rejection of Inanna and Amorite cultural identity
Contrastive focus, negation and the ambiguity of kur
Low applicatives and the mapping hypothesis in Sumerian
Internally headed relative clauses in Akkadian: Identifying Weak Quantification
Babel, the critique of hubris, and the Late Old Babylonian Lexical List Tradition
Diagnosing presupposition in Sumerian
Decomposing lexical aspect in Sumerian (handout)
Sound/Image: The multimodal poetic structure of Bird and Fish 102-117
Complex graphemes in the proto-cuneiform corpus and the problem of phonological reconstruction (slides)
The invention of writing in Mesopotamia
Detransitivization in Sumerian, co-authored with Wakaha Mori
The verbal infix /-ni-/ in the Sumerian of the Old Babylonian Period: mediopassivization and pragmatic constraints on its interpretation
Medium as trope: on the poetics of "The debate between Bird and Fish"
Evidence of antipassivization in Sumerian
Global case-marking in Sumerian: /mu-/, /ba-/, and /i-/