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John Okell is a research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is one of the world's leading experts on Burmese language and culture. Okell studied Classics at Oxford. He then received training in linguistics at SOAS under R.K. Sprigg and others before travelling to Burma to learn Burmese. He learnd Burmese literature and tradition from those like Burmese famous pandit, musician and historian Shwepyi U Ba Tin.

John Okell plays the viola.

Works

  • Hla Pe, Anna J. Allott, John Okell (1963). "Three 'Immortal' Burmese Songs." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies . 26.3: 559-571.
  • Okell, John. "Learning Music from a Burmese Master" Man 64: 183
  • Okell, John (1965). "Nissaya Burmese: a case of systematic adaptation to a foreign grammar and syntax". Lingua 15: 186-227.
  • Okell, John (1969). A reference grammar of colloquial Burmese. London: Oxford University Press.
  • Okell, John (1971). "The Burmese Double-Reed "Nhai"". Asian Music 2.1: 25-31
  • Okell, John (1971). "K Clusters in Proto-Burmese". Sino-Tibetan Conference, October 8–9, 1971, Bloomington, Indiana. ms.
  • Okell, John (1971). A guide to the romanization of Burmese. London: Luzac [for] The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Okell, John (1979). "'Still' and 'anymore' in Burmese." Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman area 4.2: 69-82.
  • Okell, John (1988). ‘Notes on Tone Alternation in Maru Verbs’. David Bradley, Eug´enie J.A. Henderson and Martine Mazaudon (eds), Prosodic analysis and Asian linguistics: to honour R.K. Sprigg. (Pacific Linguistics C-104). Canberra, A.C.T., Australia: Dept. of Linguistics, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University:109-114.
  • Okell, John (1989). First steps in Burmese. London: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
  • Okell, John (1989). "Yaw: a dialect of Burmese". South East Asian linguistics: essays in honour of Eugénie J A Henderson. Ed. J H C S Davidson. London, SOAS:199-219.
  • Okell, John (1995). Burmese: an introduction to the spoken language. [De Kalb]: Northern Illinois University, Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
  • Okell, John (1995). Burmese: an introduction to the script. [De Kalb]: Northern Illinois University, Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
  • Okell, John (1995). Burmese: an introduction to the literary style. [De Kalb]: Northern Illinois University, Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
  • Okell, John (1995). "Three Burmese Dialects." D. Bradley (ed.). Papers in Southeast Aisan linguistics no. 13: Studies in Burmese Languages. (Pacific Linguistics, A-83). : 1-138.
  • Okell, John and Anna Allott (2001). Burmese/Myanmar dictionary of grammatical forms. Curzon Press.
  • Okell, John (2002). Burmese by ear, or Essential Myanmar. London: Audio-Forum, Sussex Publications Limited. (Now available for free download from http://www.soas.ac.uk/bbe/)
  • Okell, John (2007). "Dr. U Hla Pe (1913-2007)". Bulletin of Burma Research 5.1-2: 1-4.
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