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Professor John Ibrahim Saeed
Fellow Emeritus, C.L.C.S.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

John I. Saeed, Semantics, Fifth edition, Hoboken, New Jersey, Wiley-Blackwell, 2023, 1 - 568pp Book, 2023

Leeson, Lorraine and John I. Saeed, Embodiment in Irish Sign Language Passives, Teanga, 2020, p48-66 Journal Article, 2020 URL

Semantics: the meaning of words and sentences in, editor(s)Keith Allan , The Routledge Handbook of Linguistics, London, Routledge, 2016, pp153 - 168, [John Saeed] Book Chapter, 2016

John Saeed, Semantics., 4th revised edition, Chichester, UK, Wiley Blackwell, 2016, 1 - 486pp Book, 2016

Semantics and pragmatics in, editor(s)Nick Riemer , The Routledge Handbook of Semantics, London, Routledge, 2016, pp177 - 194, [John Saeed] Book Chapter, 2016

Semantics, James D. Wright , International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences., 2nd., 21, Oxford, Elsevier, 2015, pp585 - 591, [John Saeed] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2015

Irish Sign Language in, editor(s)Hanson, Julie, Bill McGregor, Goedele De Clerck and Sam Lutalo-Kiingi (eds.) , Sign Languages of the World - A Comparative Handbook, Preston & Berlin, Ishara Press & Mouton de Gruyter, 2015, pp449 - 473, [Lorraine Leeson, John I. Saeed and Carmel Grehan] Book Chapter, 2015

Semantics in, editor(s)Natalie Braber, Louise Cummings, Liz Morrish , Exploring Language and Linguistics, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp168 - 193, [John Saeed] Book Chapter, 2015

Lorraine Leeson and John I. Saeed, Construal of Passives in ISL , University of Paris 8, 16 June 2014, 2014, Dr. Marie Anne Sallandre Invited Talk, 2014

Lorraine Leeson and John I. Saeed, Irish Sign Language: A Cognitive Linguistic Approach, Edinburgh, Scotland, Edinburgh University Press, 2012, 244pp Book, 2012 URL

Word Order in, editor(s)Pfau, R., Steinbach, M. and Woll, B. , Sign Language: An International Handbook, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2012, pp245 - 265, [Lorraine Leeson and John Saeed] Book Chapter, 2012

The procedure of marking contrast with alternatives: a constraint in the derivation of higher level explicatures in, editor(s)Victoria Escandell-Vidal, Manuel Leonetti and Aoife Ahern , Procedural Meaning: Problems and Perspectives., Biggleswade, UK and New Milford, CT, USA, Emerald Books, 2011, pp293 - 315, [Susana Olmos, Laura Innocenti and John Saeed] Book Chapter, 2011

A pragmatic account of the remote definite article in Somali in, editor(s)Mara Frascarelli , A Country Called Somalia: Culture, Language and Society of a Vanishing State, Turin, L'Harmattan Italia, 2011, pp59 - 84, [John Saeed] Book Chapter, 2011

Pragmatics and semantics in, editor(s)Wolfram Bublitz, Neal R. Norris , Foundations of Pragmatics, Berlin & Boston, De Gruyter Mouton, 2011, pp461 - 490, [John Saeed] Book Chapter, 2011

Entailment, Louise Cummings, The Pragmatics Encylopedia, London, Routledge, 2009, pp144 - 145, [John Saeed] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2009

John Saeed, Semantics, Third edition., Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, 480pp Book, 2009

Semantics, Louise Cummings, The Pragmatics Encyclopedia., London, Routledge, 2009, pp425 - 428, [John Saeed] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2009

Ambiguity, Louise Cummings, The Pragmatics Encylopedia, London, Routledge, 2009, pp7 - 9, [John Saeed] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2009

Conceptual Blending and the Windowing of Attention in Irish Sign Language in, editor(s)M. Vermeerbergen, L. Leeson and O. Crasborn , Simultaneity in Signed Languages, Amsterdam, John Benjamins, 2007, pp55 - 72, [John Saeed and Lorraine Leeson] Book Chapter, 2007

Somali morphology in, editor(s)Alan S. Kaye , Morphologies of Asia and Africa., Winona Lake, Indiana, Eisenbrauns, 2007, pp547 - 586, [John Saeed] Book Chapter, 2007

Lorraine Leeson, John Saeed, Alison Macduff, Deirdre Byrne-Dunne and Cormac Leonard, Moving Heads and Moving Hands: Developing a Digital Corpus of Irish Sign Language, Information Technology and Telecommunications Conference 2006, Carlow, Ireland, 25-26 October 2006, Institute of Technology Carlow, 2006, pp33-43 Conference Paper, 2006

Windowing of Attention in Simultaneous Constructions in Irish Sign Language (ISL) in, editor(s)Terry Cameron, Christopher Shank and Keri Holley , Proceedings of the Fifth Meeting of the High Desert Linguistics Society., Albuquerque, New Mexico, University of New Mexico, 2004, pp1 - 18, [John Saeed, Lorraine Leeson] Book Chapter, 2004

The focus structure of Somali in, editor(s)B. Nolan , RRG2004: Proceedings of The International Role and Reference Grammar Conference, Dublin, July 21-25 2004., Dublin, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown., 2004, pp258 - 279, [John Saeed] Book Chapter, 2004

Somali , William Frawley, Oxford International Encyclopedia of Linguistics, Second edition, Vol 4, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003, pp106-9 , [John Saeed, Doug Biber] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2003

John Saeed, Semantics, 2nd, Oxford, Blackwell, 2003, vii - 413pp Book, 2003

Somali, Jane Garry, Carl Rubino, Alice Faber and Robert French, Facts about the World's Languages: an Encyclopedia of the World's Major Languages, Past and Present., New York, H. W. Wilson Press, 2001, pp675-679 , [John Saeed] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2001

Semantics, N.J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes, The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, First edition, Oxford, Pergamon Press, 2001, pp13881-87 , [John Saeed] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2001

John Saeed, The Functions of Focus in Somali, Lingua Posnaniensis, XLII, 2000, p133-143 Journal Article, 2000

John I Saeed, Semantics, Beijing, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press., 2000 Book, 2000

John Saeed, Lorraine Leeson, Detransitivisation in Irish Sign Language, Intersign, 1999 Journal Article, 1999 URL

John Saeed, Somali., First edition, Amsterdam and Philadelphia, John Benjamins, 1999, i - 295pp Book, 1999

Head-Marking and Pronominal Clitics in Somali in, editor(s)R.J. Hayward and I.M. Lewis , Voice and Power: The Culture of Language in the Horn of Africa, London, Taylor & Francis, 1996, pp37-50 , [John Saeed] Book Chapter, 1996

John Saeed, The Semantics of the Middle Voice in Somali, African Languages and Cultures, 8, (1), 1995, p61-86 Journal Article, 1995

John Saeed, Syntactic Typology and "Free Word Order" in Cushitic, Teanga, 14, 1994, p58-75 Journal Article, 1994

John Saeed, Adpositional Clitics and Word Order in Somali , Transactions of the Philological Society, 91, (1), 1993, p63-93 Journal Article, 1993

John Saeed, Somali Reference Grammar., 2nd revised edition, Kensington, Maryland, Dunwoody Press, 1993, 1 - 336pp Book, 1993

Dialect Variation in Somali in, editor(s)Hussein M. Adam and Charles L. Geshekter , Proceedings of the First International Congress of Somali Studies, Atlanta, Georgia, Scholars Press, 1992, pp464-90 , [John Saeed] Book Chapter, 1992

John Saeed, R.C. Abraham and Somali Grammar: Tone, Derivational Morphology and Information Structure, African Languages and Cultures, Supplement 1, 1992, p111 -24 Journal Article, 1992

A Bibliography of Somali linguistics in, editor(s)B.W. Andrzejewski and C. Geshekter , A Handbook of Somali Studies, London, School of Oriental & African Studies, 1990, [John Saeed] Book Chapter, 1990

John Saeed, Morphological Causatives and Verbal Argument Structure in Somali, Proceedings of the second international symposium on Cushitic and Omotic languages, The second international symposium on Cushitic and Omotic languages, Naples, Italy, 16-18 November, 1989, edited by G. Banti , Istituto Universitario Orientale, 1989, pp1 - 15 Conference Paper, 1989 URL

An Argument for the Category Adjective in Somali in, editor(s)M. Bechhaus-Gerst and F. Serzisko , Cushitic-Omotic: Papers from the International Symposium on Cushitic and Omotic Languages, Cologne, January 6-9, 1986, Hamburg, Helmut Buske Verlag, 1988, pp567-579 , [John Saeed] Book Chapter, 1988

The Languages of Northern and North-Eastern Africa in, editor(s)M.Mann and D. Dalby , A Thesaurus of African Languages, London, Hans Zell, 1987, pp11 - 13, [John Saeed] Book Chapter, 1987

John Saeed, Somali Reference Grammar, Wheaton, MD, Dunwoody Press, 1987, 275pp Book, 1987

John Saeed, The Syntax of Focus and Topic in Somali. , First edition., Amsterdam and Philadelphia, John Benjamins, 1985, 1 - 234pp Book, 1985

Noun phrase focus in Somali and Dirayta in, editor(s)T. Labahn , Proceedings of the Second International Conference of Somali Studies, Hamburg, August 1983, Hamburg, Helmut Buske, 1984, pp1 - 21, [John Saeed, R.J. Hayward] Book Chapter, 1984

John Saeed, The syntactic status of quantifiers in Somali, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 45, (3), 1982, p525 - 545 Journal Article, 1982

John Saeed, Language Reform in Somalia: the official adoption of a vernacular, Journal of Research on North-East Africa, 1, (2), 1982, p95 - 107 Journal Article, 1982

John I. Saeed, Central Somali - a Grammatical Outline, Afroasiatic Linguistics, 8, (2), 1982, p1 - 43 Journal Article, 1982

Philip Baker, Abdulaay Bari, David Dalby, Sidia Jatta, Michael Mann and John Saeed. , Writing African Languages: The Search for a Uniform Script. , First edition., London, School of Oriental and African Studies, 1982 Book, 1982

Research Expertise


African linguistics; Grammatical Theory; Linguistic Typology; LINGUISTICS; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax


Awards and Honours

Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 1997

Senior Fellow of Trinity College 2022


International Cognitive Linguistics Association

Association for Linguistic Typology

Linguistics Association of Great Britain

Irish Association for Applied Linguistics

Linguistic Society of America