Doctor of Philosophy, Jagellonian University, Cracow, Poland, 1939. Habilitation, Jagellonian University, Cracow, Poland, 1945. Doctor honoris causa, Salzburg University.
Doctor honoris causa, Palacky University, Olomouc. Doctor honoris causa, Adam Mickiewicz University. Doctor honoris causa, University Erlangen, Nuremberg.
Professor linguistics University Torun, Poland, 1947-1948. Professor University Poznan, Poland, 1948-1956, University Cracow, 1956-1969, Polish Academy of Sciences, Cracow, 1953-1979, president honorary committee Krakow, 1987. Consultant Institute Polish Language, since 1979.
Member Committee Polish Linguistics (president 1968-1971), Society Friends of Polish Language (president since 1984).
Married Alina Nitsch, June 20, 1936 (deceased July 1985). Children: Stanislaw, Kazimierz, Anna.