Hans Anton Z'graggen
24 June 1932
|Died||20 May 2013 (aged 80)|
|Education||St. Gabriel College at Mödling (Diploma in Ethnology, 1961)|
|Alma mater||Australian National University|
|Thesis||Classificatory and typological studies in the languages of Madang District (1969)|
|Sub-discipline||Papuan and Oceanic linguistics|
|Institutions||Divine Word Institute|
John Z'graggen (born Hans Anton Z'graggen on 24 June 1932 in Schattdorf, Canton of Uri, Switzerland; died 20 May 2013 in Menzingen, Switzerland) was a Swiss Roman Catholic priest, missionary, linguist, and anthropologist known for his extensive work on Papuan and Oceanic languages, especially the Madang languages. He has also documented languages in Sepik, Manus, and Gulf Provinces.
Z'graggen attended St. Gabriel College at Mödling, where he graduated with a Diploma in Ethnology in 1961. He moved to Madang in 1963, where he then began documenting the local Madang languages. In 1965 or 1966, he enrolled at the Australian National University, where he completed the doctoral thesis Classificatory and typological studies in the languages of Madang District in 1969. The dissertation was published in 1971 with additional field data.
In 1981, he joined the newly founded Divine Word Institute (DWI; later renamed as the Divine Word University). He founded and directed the DWI Research Centre in 1984. Z'graggen continued to do research on Madang anthropology and linguistics until he was assigned to return to Switzerland in 1991.
Selected book chapters:
Z'graggen has written prolifically on the mythology and cosmology of the Madang peoples. Some of his books on Madang mythology are: