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English educator

Peter Howard Fries, American English educator. Fulbright Research grantee, 1965; American Council of Learned Societies fellow, 1962, 63.


Fries, Peter Howard was born on June 18, 1937 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. Son of Charles Carpenter and Agnes (Carswell) Fries.


Bachelor, University Michigan, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, University Pennsylvania, 1964.


Assistant professor University Wisconsin, 1965-1971. Professor Center Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, since 1971. Guest lecturer University Sydney, Australia, 1978, Columbia University, 1981.

Visiting professor University Arizona, 1986-1987. International linguistics advisor Summer Institute Linguistics, Dallas, since 1977. Researcher, consultant Information Science Institute, University Southern California, Marina del Rey, since 1983.

North America representative International Systemics Steering Committee, since 1983.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Tagmeme Sequences in the English Noun Phrase, 1970. Author, editor: Towards an Understanding of Language, 1985. Contributor numerous articles to professional journals.


Member National Council Teachers of English (board directors since 1983, Commission on English Language 1980-1985. Board English as Second Language Assembly 1984-1988, chairman Joint National Council For Teacher Education/TESOL liaison committee 1984-1986, commission on reading), Linguistic Association Canada United States (board directors since 1988).


  • Other Interests

    Photography, diving, sailing, canoeing, bird watching.


Married Nan McDowell, May 16, 1964.

Charles Carpenter Fries

Agnes (Carswell) Fries

Nan McDowell