Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dr. John W. Oller, Jr., Vis. Prof.

Vis. Prof., College of Biblical Representational Research

Trinity Southwest University


1965, B.A., B.A.; Spanish & French; California State University, Fresno.
1966, General Secondary Credential; Spanish, French, Education; California State University, Fresno.
1968, M.A.; General Linguistics; University  of Rochester.
1969, Ph.D.; General Linguistics; University  of Rochester.

Current Career Avenues:

Hawthorne Regents Professorship in Communication Disorders at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette (see

Honors and Awards

NDEA Title IV Fellowship for doctoral study at the University of Rochester, 1966-1969.
Awarded the Mildenberger Medal (Mildenberger Prize) by the Modern Language Association for Methods That Work as the best book on language instruction published in 1983.
New York Academy of Sciences, since 1984.
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, University of Louisiana Chapter, since 2001.
Sertoman of the Year for outstanding service to the Cajun community and the Sertoma Club of Lafayette, 2006.
Community Service Award, Autism Society of Acadiana, 2009.
Named one of the Fresno City College “100 Stars for 100 Years,” 2010.

Books & Research Projects:

1999 Images That Work: Creating Successful Messages in Marketing and High Stakes Communication. Co‑author with J.R. Giardetti. (Quorum Books).
2002 Foreword. In H.M. Morris, The Biblical Basis of Modern Science, revised edition, pp. 7-10. (Master Books).
2006 Milestones: Normal Speech and Language Development Across the Life Span. Co-author with L.C. Badon and S.D. Oller (Plural Publishing, Inc.).
2010 Autism: The Diagnosis, Treatment, and Etiology of the Undeniable Epidemic. Co-author with S.D. Oller. (Jones and Bartlett Publishers).
2010 Cases: Introducing Communication Disorders Across the Life Span. Co-author with L.C. Badon and S.D. Oller. (Plural Publishing, Inc.).

Recent Articles, Papers, & Lectures:

1995 “Adding Abstract to Formal and Content Schemata: Results of Recent Work in Peircean Semiotics.” Applied Linguistics, 16(3), 273-306.
1995 “Testing a Theory of Photographic Meaning.” Co-author with J. Roland Giardetti. Semiotica, 106½, 99-152.
1996 “How Grammatical Relations are Determined.” In B. Hoffer (Ed.) The 22nd Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States (LACUS) forum, 1995 (pp. 37-88). Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States (series Ed., T. Griffen).
1996 “Semiotic Theory Applied to Free Will, Relativity, and Determinacy: Or Why the Unified Field Theory Sought by Einstein Could Not Be Found.”  Semiotica,108(3/4), 199-244.
1997 “Monoglottosis: What’s Wrong with the Idea of The Meritocracy and Its Racy Cousins?” Applied Linguistics, 18(4), 467-507.
1997 “The Mere Consistency of Signs and Creation.” Impact, 287, May, I-iv.
1998 “The Theory of Abstraction.” In C.W. Spinks and J. Deely (Eds.), Semiotics 1997 (pp. 300-314). (Peter Lang Publishing Group).
1999 “Applying Sign Theory to Autism.” Co-author with D. Rascón. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics,13(2), 77‑112.
2000 “Einstein’s Gulf: Can Evolution Cross It?” Impact, 327, 1-5.
2000 “Monoglottosis: What’s Wrong with the Idea of The Meritocracy and Its Racy Cousins?” Mensa Research Journal, 45, 10-48. Reprinted by invitation
from Applied Linguistics, 1997, 18(4), 467-507.
2000a “Applying General Sign Theory to Testing Language (Verbal) and Nonverbal Abilities.” Co‑author with K. Kim, and Y. Choe. Language Testing, 17(4),
2000b “Testing Verbal (Language) And Nonverbal Abilities In Language Minorities: A Socio-Educational Problem In Historical Perspective.” Co-author with K. Kim and Y. Choe. Language Testing, 17(3), 341-360.
2001 “Can Instructions to Nonverbal IQ Tests be Given in Pantomime?” Additional applications of a general theory of signs. Co-author with K. Kim and Y. Choe. Semiotica, 133(1/4), 15-44.
2001 “Is the Bible a True Narrative Representation?” Co-author with Steven Collins. Biblical Research Bulletin, I.3.
2001 “Linguistics.” In John F. Ashton (Ed.), The God Factor (pp. 41-49). (Harper-Collins).
2001 “Testing Verbal (Language) and Nonverbal Abilities in Children and Adults Acquiring a Nonprimary Language.” Co-author with K. Kim, Y. Choe, and Lorna Hernandez-Jarvis. Language Testing, 18(1), 33-54.
2001 “The Logic of True Narrative Representations.”Co-author with Steven Collins. Biblical Research Bulletin, I.2.
2002 “Languages and Genes: Can They be Built Up Through Random Change and Natural Selection?” Psychology and Theology, 30, 26-40.
2005 “Common Ground Between Form and Content: The Pragmatic Solution to the Bootstrapping Problem.” Modern Language Journal, 89, 92-114.
2005 “Empirical Predictions from a General Theory of Signs.” Co-author with L. Chen,  S.D. Oller, and N. Pan. Discourse Processes, 40(2), 115-144.
2007 “Episodic Organization in Discourse and Valid Measurement in the Sciences.” Co-author with L. Chen. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, 14,
2008 “ Words Are Us.” Answers, 3(3), 70-75.
2008 “More than PIE (Proto-Indo-European): Babel Explains Distinct Language Families.” Answers, 3(2), 52-55.
2010 “The Antithesis of Entropy: Biosemiotic Communication from Genetics to Human Language with Special Emphasis on the Immune Systems. Entropy,
12, 631-705. doi:10.3390/e1204063.


Dr. John W. Oller presentlyholds an endowed Hawthorne Regents Professorship in Communication Disorders at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He has
been a professional researcher, teacher, author, mentor, administrator, and change agent in major universities for more than four decades. He has been an invited guest speaker in England, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Mexico, Quebec, Cyprus, and Canada. His former students occupy positions of distinction at major institutions in the U. S. and around the world. He has appeared in nationally syndicated television and radio programs worldwide and often serves as an expert consultant in the areas of his many published works. Dr. Oller’s current professional goals  include: (1) improving the diagnosis, treatment, and understanding of the causes of communication disorders, especially autism, and related disease  conditions, and (2) disseminating information concerning the critical role of ordinary true representations to all aspects of communication systems in physical, biological, linguistic, and social systems. Dr. Oller explains his personal goal: “To do all in my power to maintain the faith, inspiration, and disciplines required to communicate effectively with the present generation for the sake of our children and children’s children—that they might enjoy the promise of abundant life
according to a fully consistent understanding of and commitment to the biblical gospel as revealed in Jesus Christ.”