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Justin Watkins
Myanmar/Southeast Asia language expert / translator
London, United Kingdom
Experienced linguist/translator/consultant/researcher with extensive Myanmar experience and expertise in Asian languages and sociolinguistics, in particular Burmese and SEAsia. Seeks language-related consultancy, translation or other language/Myanmar-related work. Burmese/Chinese/Russian/French/German>English.
Former university academic, experience in writing, editing, supervision, management
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Area of Expertise:
  • Communications, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Freelance linguist/translator/consultant/researcher

Professor of Burmese (2015-2022); Senior Lecturer in Burmese (2006-2015), Lecturer in Burmese (1999- 2006). SOAS, University of London. Teaching and research in languages, linguistics and cultures of Myanmar and Southeast Asia and in general linguistics and phonetics. Teaching Burmese, Khmer, Thai languages. Management roles: Head of the Department of Southeast Asia 2009-2012; Chair of Centre for Southeast Asian Studies 2004-7. Broad-ranging experience in academic administration, conference organisation.

Temporary Lecturer in Linguistics. Department of Linguistics, SOAS, University of London. Teaching general linguistics.

Visiting Assistant Professor in Phonetics. Department of Linguistics, Cornell University, NY, USA. Teaching and research in general and acoustic phonetics.

Assistant English Language Teacher. Higashisumiyoshi High School, Osaka, Japan
1995-99 PhD in Phonetics, SOAS, University of London. Research in linguistics, phonetics and languages of Myanmar. Dissertation title: The Phonetics of Wa.

1994-95 MA in Phonetics (with distinction), SOAS, University of London. Study of acoustic and general phonetics, Burmese language.

1988-93 BA in Chinese and Russian, University of Leeds. Study of Chinese and Russian languages and literatures; linguistics and Czech language minor.

1983-88 UK A-levels in French, German, Mathematics, results A1, A1, A. Oundle School, UK.
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Chinese, Russian, Burmese, Khmer, Thai, Japanese
    United Kingdom
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