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Craig Alan Volker is an American-born linguist with research interests in the documentation of indigenous and pidgin-creole languages of Melanesia and their use in traditional and modern environments. He grew up in the United States and Europe and taught at high schools and universities in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Japan. His masters thesis from the University of Queensland was the first documentation of Rabaul Creole German (Unserdeutsch) and his doctoral dissertation from the University of Hawaiʻi was the first documentation of the Nalik language of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. More recently he has edited the Oxford University Press Tok Pisin - English dictionary and has taught Tok Pisin as a foreign language at several European universities. He is a Wangpaang (Associate Talking Chief) of the Sea Eagle Clan of the Nalik people of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea and divides his time between his homes in Papua New Guinea and Portugal.