NATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
The National Museum of Language is delighted to announce that the following individuals have agreed to join our newly created National Advisory Council: Dr. Joan Houston Hall, Dr. K. David Harrison, Dr. David Crystal, Dr. Charles Stansfield and Senator (and former Ambassador) James Rosapepe. A recent initiative, the National Advisory Council is intended to tap the knowledge and experience of the most successful in their fields for Museum purposes. Welcome aboard all!
Dr. David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Bangor, UK, and since 1984 has worked from his home in nearby Holyhead, North Wales as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster. Before that he was professor of linguistic science at the University of Reading. He is the author of over a hundred books on a wide variety of linguistic subjects, including The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (3rd edition 2010) andThe Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (3rd edition 2019), and in the 1990s and early 2000s was editor-in-chief of the Cambridge and Penguin families of general encyclopedias. Many of his books are written for a general audience, such as Language Death, Internet Linguistics, The Stories of English, and Let’s Talk: How English Conversation Works. He received an OBE for services to the English language in 1995, and has been a member of the British Academy since 2000.He lives online at www.davidcrystal.com, where there is a full biography, and at two specialised sites: Shakespeare’s Words, a glossary and language companion, co-authored with his actor son Ben, at www.shakespeareswords.com, and the reconstruction of the pronunciation of Old English and Early Modern English at www.originalpronunciation.com.
Dr. Charles Stansfield is an authority on second language testing. During his 30 year career, he has been a secondary school teacher of Spanish, a tenured professor of Spanish and teacher trainer at the University of Colorado, a test program administrator at Educational Testing Service, director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, and director of the Division of Foreign Language Education and Testing at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC.
He has developed and published proficiency tests in English as a second language and in 15 other languages. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books and research monographs and 50 research articles published in professional journals. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of Language Testing and the Journal of Second Language Writing. Since 1994, when Second Language Testing, Inc. (SLTI) was incorporated, Dr. Stansfield has devoted himself full-time to the management of SLTI projects.
Jim Rosapepe is a public servant who has worked at the international, national, and state levels for over twenty years.
For eleven years in the Maryland House of Delegates representing College Park, he fought to protect open space, improve the public schools, boost the University of Maryland, hold down taxes on middle class working and retired families, and protect neighborhoods from drugs and crime.
In 1997, President Bill Clinton asked him to join his administration as U.S. Ambassador to Romania, where he worked to win friends for America and make the world a safer place. Returning in 2001, Governor Glendening appointed Jim to a five year term on the Board of Regents of the University