Bachiller, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, 1963. Profesor de Estado, Universidad Austral, Valdivia, Chile, 1974. Master of Arts, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1978.
Doctor of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1982.
Research assistant Department Education, Universidad Austral, Valdivia, 1973. Lecturer romance studies University Calgary, 1974-1976. Instructor community education Capilano College, Vancouver, 1978-1981.
Assistant professor foreign languages Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1982-1984. Assistant professor Spanish and linguistics University Maryland, Baltimore, 1984-1990, associate professor Spanish and linguistics, since 1990. Visiting scholar linguistics and philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1990.
Visiting professor University Australia, 1992, 94, Catholic University Porto Alegre, Brazil, 1993, 94, 95.
Member Linguistic Society of America, Amnesty International.
Married Jovita Belmar, January 28, 1964. Children: Sandra, Vicky, Claudia.