A.B. summa cum laude, Linguistics and Arabic, Harvard, 1971.


M.A. 1973; Ph.D. "with distinction" 1976, Univ. of Chicago


employment (excluding visiting appointments)




Professor of Linguistics, Univ. of Michigan (dry-line appt. as Prof. of Near Eastern Studies 1999--)



Visiting Associate Professor of Linguistics (fall semester), Univ. of Michigan



Associate Professor of Linguistics, Harvard



Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Harvard



Research Fellow [fieldwork], Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies


professional associations



Association Internationale de Dialectologie Arabe, 1993--2004


Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas , 1990--


Linguistic Society of America, 1971-- (life member)


American Anthropological Association, 1970-- (life member)


Australian Linguistic Society, 1981-2005.






Acting Director, Linguistics Program



Associate Director of Linguistics Program


 outside service




board member, Southeast Regional Chapter of Fulbright Association



editorial board: Anthropological Linguistics



editorial board: Language Contact


Home Page  peer reviewer (NSF, NEH, Bunting Institute, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Israel National Science Foundation)

  referee for journals (Language, International Journal of American Linguistics, Current Anthropology, American Ethnologist, Linguistics, Anthropological Linguistics, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory)

  reviewer for publishers (Harvard U. Press, ISHI, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Reidel, Oxford University Press, John Benjamins)

  1993  external consultant, professorial promotion, Univ. of Cambridge (England)

  1992  external consultant, professorial promotion, La Trobe Univ. (Australia)

  1991  external reader, Ph.D. dissertation, University of Sydney

  1990  external reader, Ph.D. dissertation, Australian National University

  1990  external consultant, Professorship of Linguistics, SUNY‑Buffalo

  1989  external consultant, professorial promotion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  1989  external reader, Ph.D. dissertation, University of Sydney

  1986  Consultant, Linguistic Society of America panel on undergraduate education