Bachelor, University Chicago, 1941. Master of Arts, Princeton, 1943. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton, 1945.
Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa, University Budapest, Hungary, 1990. Doctor honoris causa, University Nacional de Rosario, Argentina, 1991. Doctor of Science honoris causa, University Southern Illinois, 1991.
Doctor of Science honoris causa, New Bulgarian University, 1996. Doctor of Science honoris causa, University Helsinki, Finland, 1997.
Member faculty, Indiana U., Bloomington, since 1943;
Distinguished professor linguistics, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1967-1978;
Distinguished professor linguistics and semiotics, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1978-1991;
Distinguished professor emeritus, Indiana U., Bloomington, since 1991;
professor anthropology, professor Uralic and Altaic studies, fellow Folklore Institute, Indiana U., Bloomington
member Russian and East European Institute, Indiana U., Bloomington
chairman Research Center for Language and Semiotic Studies, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1956-1991;
chairman emeritus Graduate Program in Semiotic Studies, Indiana U., Bloomington, since 1991. Member-at-large NAS-National Research Council, also member various committees. Lecturer various acads.and universities, United States and abroad.
Visiting professor University of Michigan, 1945, 58, U. P.R.,1949, U. New Mexico, 1953, U. Arizona, 1958-1959, U. Vienna, 1963, U. Besançon, 1965, U. Hamburg, 1966, U. Bucharest, 1967, 69, University of Illinois, 1968,U. Colorado, 1969, Stanford University, 1971, U. South Florida, 1972, Linguistic Society American professor, 1975, International Christian U., Tokyo, 1985, U. Quebec, 1985, El Colegio de Mexico, 1987, University of Republic, Montevideo, Uraguey, 1987, others. Distinguished visiting professor International Summer Institute for Semiotic and Structural Studies, 1980-1988. Consultant Ford Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, United States Office Education, National Science Foundation, fellowship division National Academy Sciences, Canada Council.
Panel member for linguistics National Endowment for Humanities, 1966-1967. Member United States delegate to permanent council International Union Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, 1970-1973. United States delegate Comité International Permanent des Linguistes, since 1972.
Member international science council Royaumont Center for Science of Man, since 1973. Exchange professor NAS-Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics Academy Sciences, 1973. Regents fellow SmithsonianInstn., 1983-1984.
Adjunct fellow Woodrow Wilson Internat Center for Scholars, 1983-1984, member program on history, culture and society, 1986-1987.
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Member visiting committee Harvard University, 1973, Simon Fraser University, 1975, Georgetown University, 1977, Vanderbilt University, 1977-1978. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Anthropological Association (distinguished service award 1984), American Folklore Society, Society Cultural Anthropology, Explorers Club, also foreign linguistic societies. Member International Association Semiotic Studies (editor-in-chief since 1968, executive committee since 1969), Linguistic Society of America (secretary-treasurer 1969-1973, vice president 1974, president 1975, associate director Linguistic Institute 1958, 75, director 1964), Central States Anthropological Society (president 1956), American Association Machine Translation and Computational Linguistics (executive board 1964-1966), Animal Behavior Society (executive board since 1968), Semiotic Society of America (secretary-treasurer 1975, executive director 1976-1985, president 1984), American-Scandinavian Foundation, University Chicago Quadrangle Club, Sigma Xi, others.
Clubs: Cosmos (Washington). University (Chicago). Princeton (New York City).
International House (Tokyo).
Son of; married Eleanor Lawton, September 1947. 1 child, Veronica C. Married Jean Umiker, October 1972.
Children: Jessica A., Erica L.