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Universities attended

1957-60    Oxford University
1960-64    University of California, Berkeley
1961    University of Texas, Austin (LSA Summer Institute)
1962    University of Washington, Seattle (LSA Summer Institute)

Degrees awarded

1960    B.A. in English language and literature, Oxford University
1964    Ph.D. in English language, University of California, Berkeley  
2006    Honorary doctorate, University of Uppsala
2010    Honorary doctorate, University of Helsinki

Teaching Positions

1964-70    Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of California Berkeley 
1965-66    Visiting Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics, University College, Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania 
1966-67    Visiting Lecturer, Department of Language, University of York, England
1968-70    Part-time Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University
1970-77    Associate Professor of Linguistics and English, Stanford University
1973-74    Visiting Associate Professor of Linguistics and English, Princeton University (Fall semester)
1977-2003    Professor of Linguistics and English, Stanford University
1987    LSA Summer Institute, Stanford University; co-taught course with Paul Hopper on Grammaticalization
1992    Intensive course on Grammaticalization at the Deutsche Gemeinschaft für Sprachwissenschaft Summer Session. University of Göttingen, Germany
1994    Australian Linguistics Institute, intensive course on subjectification and modality, University of La Trobe, Melbourne
    University of Uppsala, Sweden, intensive course on grammaticalization.
1997    Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France, September.
2001    Hermann and Klara Collitz Professor of Linguistics, Linguistic Summer Institute, University of California Santa Barbara; six-week course on semantic change.
2006    Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, June
    Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing University, September
2009    Dept. of Linguistics, Stockholm University, March-June.
    Summer Session on Grammaticalization, Copenhagen University, August.
2010    Dept. of English, Southwest University, Beibei, Chongqing, China, April.
2014    College of Foreign Languages, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China, April-May.
2016    University of Ghent, Belgium, May.

Grants, fellowships, awards

1975-76    ACLS Fellowship
1978-80    University Fellow, Stanford University
1983-84    Guggenheim Fellow; project: semantic change.
1983-84    Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford; project: semantic processes. NSF Grant BNS 8309784
2000-    AAAS Fellow
2006-    LSA Fellow
2005-6    Innovation and Research Priming Grant, University of York (Co-PI with Susan Pintzuk; project: information status correlates of Old English syntax)
2009-    Corresponding Fellow, British Academy
2019    The John J. Gumperz Life-time Achievement Award, International Pragmatics Association
2023    Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Administrative service at Stanford University (selected)

University service at Stanford University 

1979-1980    Chair, Humanities Task Force on Hiring Senior Women
1980-1985    Chair, Department of Linguistics
1980-83, 1984-85, 1992-94, 1998-2000    Member of the Faculty Senate 
1981-1985    Humanities Center Advisory Board 
1985-1991    Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, Stanford University; Acting Provost July-August 1987
1986-1991    P.I. for Irvine Foundation Minority Student Support Grant
1989-1991    P.I. for Irvine Foundation Curriculum Development Grant
1990-1991    Member of Committee of Senior Administrators for Student Resources
1993-1995    AAUP President, Stanford Chapter
1994    Member Humanities and Sciences Committee to review Stanford’s Writing Requirement
1994-1995    Sexual Harassment Panelist
1994-96, 1998-2000    Member Stanford University Committee on Undergraduate Studies
2000    Chair, Writing Programs Review Committee
2000-2001    Member, Advisory Board