Doctor Phil. in Romance and Classical Philology, University Vienna, 1947. Doctor philosophy honoris causa, University Vienna, 1990. Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Linguistics, Harvard University, 1946.
Assistant professor, Union College, Schenectady, New York, 1946;
assistant professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1948-1951;
associate professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1951-1956;
professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, since 1956;
H. Keniston distinguished professor romance and classical linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1979-1986;
professor emeritus, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, since 1986. Visiting professor U. Florence, Italy, 1956-1957, U. Cologne, Germany, 1970, U.Heidelberg, Germany, 1972, U. Regensburg, Germany, 1975, U. Vienna, 1977, International Christian U., Tokyo, 1982, U. Innsbruck, Austria, 1983. U. Munich, Germany, 1987.
Lecturer numerous universities, international linguistic congresses. Consultant School Langs. and Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington.
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Served to private infantry United States Army, 1942-1944. PTO; Member Linguistic Society of America (executive committee, committee on appointment of honorary members, program committee), International Linguistic Association, International Phonetics Association, Linguistic Association Canada and the United States (founding member, president 1978-1979).
Married Frances McSparran, November 29, 1985.