William Croft

Curriculum Vitæ

Citizenship USA
1982 - 1986 Stanford University, Department of Linguistics: Ph.D., October 1986 (Dissertation: "Categories and relations in syntax: the clause-level organization of information"; Joseph H. Greenberg, principal advisor)
1979 University of California, Davis: nonmatriculated student, International Relations
1974 - 1978 The University of Chicago: A.B. (general honors), Linguistics, June 1978; A.M., Linguistics, December 1978
2006 - present Department of Linguistics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (Professor, 2006-2018; Professor Emeritus, 2019- )
Courses taught: Grammatical Analysis, Morphosyntax, Introduction to Language Change, Semantic Analysis, Typology and Universals, Formal Syntactic Theories, and graduate seminars on the typology of information structure, verbal semantics, mental spaces and discourse, and construction grammar
Ph.D dissertations supervised:
Dissertations completed: 8 (Erin Wilkinson, Ahrim Kim, José Hugo García-Macías, You-Min Lin, Christopher Adam, Jason Timm, Tim Zingler, Michael Regan); In progress: 5 (Sook-kyung Lee, Pavlína Kalm, Lindsay Morrone, Meagan Vigus, Lukas Denk)
Dissertation committee member:
Dissertations completed: 4 (Angus Grieve-Smith, Daniel Sanford, Jenny Dumont, Clayton Beckner, Logan Sutton)
1994 - 2005 Linguistics and English Language, School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures (until 2004: Department of Linguistics), University of Manchester, Manchester, UK (Senior Research Fellow, 1994; Lecturer, 1994-1996; Reader, 1996-1998; Professor, 1999-2005)
Courses for lower-level undergraduates:Principles of Linguistics; Language, the Individual and Society; Discourse Analysis; Grammatical Semantics
Courses for upper-level undergraduates and MA students:Typology; Cognitive Linguistics; Construction Grammar; Child Language; Pragmatics (co-taught); Grammatical Change (co-taught); Sociolinguistics [Speech Pathology students]
Number of Ph.D theses supervised:
Theses completed: 5 (Chiaki Taoka, Syed Zainal Ariff Syed Jamaluddin, Yoshikata Shibuya, Hiromi Azuma, Naoki Nakajima)
1986 - 1993 Program in Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA (Assistant Professor)
General courses: Languages of the World, Introduction to Cognitive Science (co-taught), Introduction to Language (co-taught)
Courses for undergraduate majors/beginning graduate students: Grammatical Analysis, Introduction to Cognitive Grammar, Functionalism and Typology, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theory of Natural Language Structure (cotaught), Verbal Semantics (undergraduate seminar)
Courses for graduate students: Advanced Typology, Advanced Semantics and Pragmatics, Cognitive Approaches to Grammar (seminar), Functional Linguistics (seminar), Topics in Typology (seminar)
Number of Ph.D. dissertations supervised:
Dissertation chair: 2 (Timothy Clausner, Satoshi Uehara); Dissertation committee member: 2
1981 - 1982 Regional Civil Engineer - Western Region, U.S. Air Force, San Francisco, California, USA (Computer Specialist)
1981 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District, San Francisco, California, USA (Program Analyst)
1979 - 1981 Headquarters, Military Sealift Command, U.S. Navy, Baileys Crossroads, Virginia, USA (Program Analyst)
Visiting appointments
2019, December Summer Institute of the Centre of Excellence, Dynamics of Language (CoEDL), University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (Visiting Professor) Lecturer, "An evolutionary approach to language change"
2019, April Department of Languages and Literature, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden (Visiting Professor)
2017, June Department für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Romanistik, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany (lectures on construction grammar and semantics)
2013, March 1st International Winter School on Evolution, Applied Evolutionary Linguistics Lab, Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal (Instructor, "Evolutionary models meet sociohistorical linguistics")
2012, May-June Centre de recherches linguistiques sur l'Asie orientale, L'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France (Directeur d'Études associé)
2011, July Summer Institute of the Linguistic Society of America, Boulder, Colorado, USA (Instructor, "Mathematical modles of language change" [with Richard Blythe, University of Edinburgh])
2011, June Summer Institute of Linguistics program, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA (Guest speaker, various courses and lectures)
2010, November China International Forum on Cognitive Linguistics, Beijing, China (Lecturer, "Construction grammar and typology")
2010, May Complex Systems Summer School, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2009, July Summer Institute of the Linguistic Society of America, Berkeley, California, USA (Instructor, "Construction grammar and typology")
2007, July International Summer Atelier, Modeling Language Evolution with Computational Construction Grammar, Ettore Majorana Foundation and Center for Scientific Culture, Erice, Italy (Tutorial and master class on construction grammar, lecture and master class on evolution and grammaticalization, panel on evolution and language)
2007, July Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig, Germany (Visiting Research Scientist)
2006, May Symposium on Cognitive Patterns in Language, Institute for Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark (Visiting professor, Master class)
2005, Jun-July Summer Institute of the Linguistic Society of America, Harvard/MIT, USA (Instructor, "Syntactic Categories: Formal and Functionalist Approaches" [with Mark Baker])
2005, March-April Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig, Germany (Visiting Research Scientist)
2004, October Institut for Nordiske Studier og Sprogvidenskab, Københavns Universitet, Copenhagen, Denmark (Visiting professor, Master class)
2003-2004 Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California, USA (Fellow)
2003 [declined] Summerschool in Typology, Università di Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy (Lecturer)
2003, July Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig, Germany (Visiting Research Scientist)
2003, June Summerschool in Cognitive and Functional Linguistics, The International Center for Semiotic and Cognitive Studies, University of San Marino, San Marino (Lecturer)
2002, March Linguistics Program, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan (Visiting Professor)
2002, August Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig, Germany (Visiting Research Scientist)
2001, April Dipartimento di Filologia Moderna, Università degli studi di Napoli «Federico II», Naples, Italy (Visiting Professor, Socrates programme)
2000, January National Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT) Winterschool, Leiden, the Netherlands (Lecturer, "Language Typology")
1999-2000 Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig, Germany (Visiting Research Scientist)
1999, December Department of Language and Information Sciences, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (Visiting Professor)
1998, Aug-Sept Sommerschule der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, Mainz, Germany (Lecturer, "Typology and Cognition")
1996, Jun-July Max-Planck-Institut für Psycholinguistik, Nijmegen, the Netherlands (Visiting Research Scientist)
1996, May Institut für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Mainz, Germany (Visiting Professor)
1995, Jun-Aug Summer Institute of the Linguistic Society of America, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (Instructor, "Introduction to Syntax" [undergraduates])
1995, May Institutionen för Lingvistik, Lunds Universitet, Sweden (Visiting Professor, Erasmus programme)
1995, April Dipartimento di Linguistica, Università di Pavia, Pavia, Italy (Professore a contratto)
1993, Sept-Dec Max-Planck-Institut für Psycholinguistik, Nijmegen, the Netherlands (Visiting Research Scientist)
1993, Jan-Aug Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford, California, USA (Visiting Research Scientist)
1993 [declined] Seminario de Lenguas Indígenas, Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, Ciudad de la Investigación en Humanidades, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México (Lecturer, Typology)
1992, July Max-Planck-Institut für Psycholinguistik, Nijmegen, the Netherlands (Visiting Research Scientist)
1989, Sept III. Sommerschule der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, Hamburg, Germany (Lecturer, "Cognitive Categories")
1987, Jun-Aug Summer Institute of the Linguistic Society of America, Stanford University, USA (Instructor, "Semantic Typology and Commonsense Reasoning" [with Jerry Hobbs])
1987, Jun-Aug; 1986, Jun-Aug Artificial Intelligence Center, SRI International, Menlo Park, California, USA (Consultant)
2017 Fellow, Cognitive Science Society
2016 Fellow, Linguistic Society of America
2015 Honorary Member, Association Française de Linguistique Cognitive
2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, Evolutionary Linguistics Association
1978 Phi Beta Kappa
2022 - 2025 Consultant for National Science Foundation (Nianwen Xue [Brandeis University], principal investigator), "Building a Broad Infrastructure for Uniform Meaning Representation" (NSF 2213804)
2018 - 2022 National Science Foundation (Nianwen Xue [Brandeis University], principal investigator; James Puestejovsky [Brandeis University], Martha Palmer and Andrew Cowell [University of Colorado], and William Croft [University of New Mexico], co-principal investigators): "Developing a uniform meaning representation for natural language processing" (NSF 1764091); four research associates supervised
2015 - 2020 Defense Threat Reduction Agency grant: "Developing language independent event representations that are inferrable from linguistic expressions in large corpora" (HDTRA1-15-1-0063); four research associates supervised
2008 Resource Allocation Committee grant, University of New Mexico: "Quantifying Semantic Shifts in Reconstructing Language Families"; one research associate supervised
1998 - 1999 British Academy Humanities Research Board, Research Leave Scheme: released from duties for Autumn Semester 1998-99 to complete manuscript on language change.
1996 - 1997 Research Support Fund, University of Manchester: "The Typology of Attributive Constructions"; one research associate supervised.
1992 Rackham Faculty Grant, University of Michigan: research on lexical semantic change; one research assistant supervised.
1991 Office of the Vice President for Research Discretionary Funds, University of Michigan: summer research assistant support for "A Framework for Descriptive Grammars".
1991 International Partnerships Grant, University of Michigan: German-American workshop on a framework for descriptive grammars, Ann Arbor, 1-7 April 1991.
1990 - 1993 National Science Foundation [William Croft and Bernard Comrie, principal investigators]: "A Framework for Descriptive Grammars"; one research assistant supervised.
1988 - 1991 Presidential Initiatives Fund, University of Michigan [Steven Lytinen, project director; William Croft, Susan Gelman and John Laird, collaborators]: "A Cognitive Science Model of Language Acquisition"; one research assistant supervised.
1988 Rackham Faculty Fellowship, University of Michigan: to complete manuscript for volume on typology and universals.
1987 - 1988 Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan: development of and teaching assistant for the course "Grammatical Analysis".
University Administration
University of New Mexico
2017 - 2018 Member, Senior Promotion Committee, College of Arts and Sciences
2017 - 2018 Executive Committee, Department of Linguistics
2013 - 2018 Member, Committee on Governance, University of New Mexico
2012 - Member, Bilinski Fellowship Selection Committee, College of Arts and Sciences
2012 - 2014 Member, Senior Promotion Committee, College of Arts and Sciences
2010 - Graduate Advisor/Graduate Committee Chair, Department of Linguistics
2010 - 2015 Executive Committee, Department of Linguistics
2010 - 2012 Library Representative, Department of Linguistics
2008 - 2009 Interim Chair, Department of Linguistics
2006 - 2009 Graduate Committee, Department of Linguistics (Chair, 2006-2008)
2006 - 2008 Personnel Committee, Department of Linguistic (Chair, 2007-2008)
2006 - 2008 Executive Committee, Department of Linguistics
University of Manchester
2004 - 2005 Postgraduate Recruitment Officer, Linguistics and English Language, School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
2004 - 2005 Tutor, Single Honour students in Linguistics, Linguistics and English Language, School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
2001 - 2002 Arts Faculty Working Group on Teaching Assistants and University Graduate Teaching Assistant Working Group
2001 - 2003 Postgraduate Recruitment Officer, Department of Linguistics
2000 - 2003 Promotions Committee, School of English & Linguistics
2000 - 2003 Tutor, Single Honour students in Linguistics, Department of Linguistics
1997 - 99, 2000-1, 2002-3 Examinations Officer, Department of Linguistics
1997 - 1998 University Library Committee
1996 - 2000 University Senate (elected member, 1996-1999; ex officio member, 1999-2000)
1995 - 1999 Secretary to the Departmental Board, Department of Linguistics
1995 - 1999 Tutor, Joint Honours students in Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Department of Linguistics
1994 - 1997 Library Officer [acquisitions], Department of Linguistics
1994 - 1997 Board of Studies, Speech Pathology Programme
University of Michigan
1991 - 1992 Cognitive Science Study Committee
1991 Proposal reviewer, International Partnerships Program
1989 - 1991 Curriculum Committee, Program in Linguistics (Co-chair, 1990-1991)
1987 - 1989 Executive Committee, Cognitive Science and Machine Intelligence Laboratory
1986 - 1989 Steering Committee, Program in Linguistics
Professional Activities
1994 - present Coeditor, Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory
2009 - present Editorial Board, Typological Studies in Language
2004 - present Editorial Board, Constructional Approaches to Language
1992 - present Editorial Board, Studies in Language Companion Series
2010 - present Editorial Board, Linguistic Typology
2010 - present Consulting Editor, Australian Journal of Linguistics
2009 - 2011 Consulting Editor, Language and Linguistics
2009 - present Consulting Editor, International Journal of Cognitive Linguistics
2009 - present Consulting Editor, Constructions and Frames
1992 - present Consulting Editor, Linguistics
1989 - present Consulting Editor, Cognitive Linguistics
1992 - present Advisory Board, Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung
1992 - present Advisory Board, Languages of the World
1992 - 2013 Consulting Editor, Studies in Language
ongoing Manuscript reviews: Language, Journal of Linguistics, Lingua, Folia Linguistica, Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft, Journal of Semantics, Journal of Pragmatics, Functions of Language, Linguistic Typology, Diachronica, Anthropological Linguistics, Journal of Child Language, International Journal of American Linguistics, Southwest Journal of Linguistics, Journal of East Asian Linguistics, Himalayan Linguistics, Linguistic Discovery, Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, Foundations of Science; Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Longman, Basil Blackwell, University of Chicago Press, MIT Press, Edinburgh University Press
ongoing Proposal reviews: National Endowment for the Humanities (USA), National Science Foundation (USA); Economic & Social Science Research Council (UK); British Academy (UK); Leverhulme Trust (UK); Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK); Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Netherlands), Vetenkskapsprådet (Sweden); Austrian Academy of Sciences (Austria), Max Planck Gesellschaft (Germany), Australian Research Council (Australia)
Professional Organizations
2001 - present International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology
1996 - present Association for Linguistic Typology (founding member)
1996 - 2005 The Philological Society
1994 - 2005 Linguistics Association of Great Britain
1993 - present Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas
1989 - present International Cognitive Linguistics Association
1983 - present Linguistic Society of America (Life Member)
Other Activities
2015 - present Member, Board of Directors, Save-the-Redwoods League
2015 - present Chair, Science and Restoration Committee, Save-the-Redwoods League
2000 - present Member, Science and Restoration Committee (formerly Research Committee), Save-the-Redwoods League
1987 - present Councilor, Save-the-Redwoods League
2006 - present Instructor, Albuquerque Unitarian Church Folkdancers
1987 - 1992 Instructor, University of Michigan Folkdance Club
1990 - 1992 Producer and announcer, Medieval Radio, WCBN-FM, Ann Arbor. Michigan
1978 - 1986 Producer and announcer, The Early Music Program, KPFA-FM, Berkeley, California
1975 - 1978 Producer and announcer, various music programs, WHPK-FM, Chicago, Ill.