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List of Professors

Name Years at Michigansort icon Position

Clarence Linton Meader

1893 - 1938
Professor of Latin, Sanskrit, Russian, Comparative Philology and General Linguistics

Kenneth L Pike

1948 - 1979
Professor of Linguistics

Helen Joan Morley

1959 - 2004
Professor of Linguistics

Robbins Burling

1963 - 1995
Professor of Anthropology, Linguistics

John C. Catford

1964 - 1986
Professor of Linguistics
Chair of Department of Linguistics

Peter Fodale

1964 - 1986
Associate Professor of Linguistics

Padmanabha S. Jaini

1964 - 1973
Professor of Indic Languages and Literatures

Alan M. Stevens

1964 - 1966
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Gene M. Schramm

1965 - 2001
Professor of Linguistics, Semitics, Near Eastern Studies

Ronald Wardhaugh

1966
Professor of Linguistics and Psychology

Alton (Pete) Becker

1968 - 1986
Professor of Linguistics

George P. Lakoff

1969 - 1972
Associate Professor of Linguistics

H. Douglas Brown

1970 - 1978
Associate Professor of Education
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Visiting Professor English Language Institute 1970 Summer Term

Charles R. Pyle Jr.

1971
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Robin T. Lakoff

1972
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

John Lawler

1972 - 2009
Associate Professor of Linguistics

Thomas L. Markey

1973 - 1987
Professor of German and Linguistics

Ann M. Borkin

1975 - 1979
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Peter J. Benson

1975 - 1981
Assistant Professor of Communications, Computer and Communication Sciences, Linguistics

Larry Selinker

1977 - 1993
Professor of Linguistics

Marilyn J. Shatz

1977 - 2009
Professor of Psychology
Professor of Linguistics

Vitalij V. Shevoroshkin

1978 - 2009
Professor of Linguistics and Slavic Languages

Donna Jo Napoli

1982 - 1987
Professor of Linguistics

William Josh Ard

1983 - 1989
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Susan M. Gass

1983 - 1987
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

William A. Croft

1986 - 1993
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Draga Zec

1988 - 1989
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Matthew J. Alexander

1989 - 1992
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Andre M. Cooper

1989 - 1996
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

John M. Myhill

1989 - 1994
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Karen A. Van Hoek

1992 - 1999
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Ann Lesley Milroy

1994 - 2005
Hans Kurath Collegiate Professor of Linguistics

Jose R. Benki

1997 - 2000
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Diana M. Cresti

1997 - 2001
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Christina M. Tortora

1997 - 2001
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Peter Ludlow

2002 - 2007
Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics

Diane E. Larsen-Freeman

2002 - 2012
Professor of Education
Professor of Linguistics
Research Scientist, English Language Instutute