Master of Arts, University Oulu, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, University Oulu, 1986.
Editor in arts Newspaper Kaleva, Oulu, 1964-1967. Head of inform. department Football Association of Finland, Helsinki, 1967-1968. Teacher Finnish and Latin Vaalan Lukio, 1969-1974.
Teacher of Finnish Kontiolahti Lukio, 1974-1979. Teachers of Finnish educator University Oulu, 1980-1986. Associate professor Finnish Indiana University, Bloomington, 1986-1987.
Professor Finnish University Göttingen, Germany, 1989-1991. Linguistics educator University Joensuu, since 1991. Reader of linguistics University Oulu, since 1991.
Chairman department University Joensuu, 1995-1996.
Vice president School Board, Vaala, 1972-1974. Member Board of University, Joensuu, 1997-1998. Sergeant Infantry, 1962-1963.
Member International Association Semiotic Studies, Finnish Association of Semiotics.
Son of Juho and Elli Karoliina (Heikkinen) J. Ritva Tuulikki Torro, May 12, 1966 (divorced 1986). Children: Kimmo, Maaret, Kaisa.
Married Kaisu Elisabet Mikkeläl trm Salovaara, July 7, 1997.