Jon Orman studied modern languages (French & Dutch) at University College London during which time he also spent periods of study at the universities of Antwerp and Avignon. This was followed by postgraduate studies in linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London. He obtained his PhD in 2007 with a thesis entitled Language Policy and Nation-Building in Post-Apartheid South Africa which was subsequently published as a monograph by Springer in 2008. Between 2011 and 2013, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in linguistics at the University of Cape Town and in 2014/2015 he was a lecturer in linguistics and communication studies at the University of Portsmouth. His main research interests lie within the domain of general linguistic theory and the philosophy of language with a particular focus on integrational linguistics and the work of Roy Harris.


Courses offered in 2017-2018

ENGL2112       An introduction to the history of English
ENGL7101       Introduction to Language and Communication
LCOM2001      Theories of language and communication






Orman, Jon. (2008). Language Policy and Nation-Building in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Dordrecht: Springer. pp. 204.


Book chapters

Orman, Jon. (Forthcoming) Indeterminacy in sociolinguistic and integrationist theory. In Adrian Pablé (ed.) Critical Humanist Perspectives: The Integrational Turn in Philosophy of Language and Communication. Routledge. 

Orman, Jon. (2014). Language policy and identity conflict in relation to Afrikaans in the post-apartheid era. In Neville Alexander and Arnulf von Scheliha (eds.) Language Policy and the Promotion of Peace. Pretoria: UNISA Press.


Peer reviewed articles

Orman, Jon. (Forthcoming). Explanation and theory in linguistic inquiry. Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication, 8 (2)."

Orman, Jon. 2016. The linguistic thought of Ernest Gellner. Social Epistemology. DOI: 10.1080/02691728.2016.1270366

Orman, Jon. 2016. Scientism in the language sciences. Language and Communication, 48. 28-40.

Orman, Jon and Pablé, Adrian. 2015. Polylanguaging, integrational linguistics and contemporary sociolinguistic theory. A commentary on Ritzau. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

Orman, Jon. 2015. Distributing mind, cognition and language: Exploring the (un)common ground with integrational linguistics. Language & Cognition.  DOI:

Orman, Jon & Nash, Joshua. 2014. Things people speak?: A response to Orman’s ‘Linguistic diversity and language loss: a view from integrational linguistics’ with rejoinder. Language Sciences 41 (B): 22-26.

Orman, Jon. 2013. Linguistic diversity and language loss: a view from integrational linguistics. Language Sciences 40: 1-11.

Orman, Jon. 2013. New lingualisms, same old codes. Language Sciences 37: 90-98.

Orman, Jon. 2012. Not so super: the ontology of ‘supervernaculars’. Language and Communication 32 (4): 349-357.

Orman, Jon. 2012. Language and ‘new’ African migration to South Africa: an overview and some reflections on theoretical implications for policy and planning. Language Policy 11 (4): 301-322.


Review articles

Orman, Jon. forthcoming. A turn for the meta, a turn for the Peirce. Review of Nikolas Coupland (Ed.), Sociolinguistics: Theoretical Debates. CUP. Cambridge. pp.458. Sociolinguistic Studies, 17 (2).


Other articles

Orman, Jon. 2016. Lives in Language. Roy Harris (1931-2015). Babel: The Language Magazine. Volume 17.


Book reviews

Orman, Jon. 2008. Review of Gorter, D (ed). 2006 Linguistic Landscape: A new approach to multilingualism. Language Policy 7 (4): 381-383.

Orman, Jon. 2013. Review of Mwaniki, M. 2011. Language planning in South Africa: Towards a language management approach. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller. Language Policy 12 (4): 359-361.



Last updated: 5 February 2018