Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Iowa State University, 1977. Master of Arts in Linguistics, University Texas, Arlington, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics, Ohio State University, 1999.
Teacher Newell (Iowa) High School, 1977-1982. Linguist, Bible translator Summer Institute Linguistics, Ghana, W. Africa, 1983-1993, international linguistics coordinator Dallas, since 1999. Member Committee Endangered Languages and Their Preservation, Washington, 2000-2003, chairman, 2003.
Member Linguistic Society of America, W. African Linguistic Society, Phi Kappa Phi.
Married Virginia Kuczun, July 28, 1984. Children: Deborah, Laura, Stephen.