Keith McCune

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Keith McCune
Keith McCune at the Grand Canyon in 2006, portrait by Adam McCune.
Born Keith Michael McCune
December 23, 1955
United States
Occupation Novelist, linguist, translator
Alma mater University of Michigan

Keith Michael McCune is a linguist, novelist, and translator. His study of Indonesian roots has been called "perhaps the most detailed and complete single work in the field of phonosemantics,"[1] He has written a novel, retelling, of the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin earned praise from Michael Boyer, the official Piper Piper of Hamelin, Germany.


McCune was born in 1955 to Frederick and Marguerite McCune. He attended college at the University of Virginia and went on to get his doctorate in linguistics at the University of Michigan,[2] where he met Grace Osborn, who was also pursuing a doctorate in linguistics and later married him.

He and Grace joined The Evangelical Alliance Mission and spent five years in the Philippines, translating part of Genesis into Ibanag. In 1992, they moved to Russia, where they planted churches in Moscow, Makhachkala, and Krasnodar,[3] then continued their ministry in Odessa, Ukraine.[4] In 2009, they returned to the Philippines as Bible translation consultants.[5]

Keith and Grace have three children, Adam, Arwen, and Eden.[6]



  1. ^ Margaret Magnus. "What's in a Word?: Studies in Phonosemantics." (web page)
  2. ^ Moody Publishers. "Adam & Keith McCune." 2005. (web page)
  3. ^ The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM). "Krasnodar." 2005-2006. (promotional video)
  4. ^ Brent L. Preston. "Odessa: The City of Humor." TEAM Horizons, vol. 2, iss. 1. Carol Stream, IL: The Evangelical Alliance Mission, 2006-2007. p. 10.
  5. ^ The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM). "McCune, Keith and Grace." 2009. (web page)
  6. ^ The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM). "McCune, Keith and Grace." 2009. (web page)
  7. ^ " Most folks think that fairy tales are just for kids," Pittsburgh Post - Gazette. 1 November 2005.
  8. ^ YOUNG WRITER PUTS TWIST ON OLD STORY; 'Rats of Hamelin', The Post - Tribune, (Gary, Indiana,)] 3 October 2006.
  9. ^ Poetic duo look beyond tale in The Rats of Hamelin (Beacon Edition,) Ebert, Lisa Virginian - Pilot (Norfolk, Va,) 9 October 2005,

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