William Bright - Professor Emeritus of Linguistics UCLA, Professor Adjunct of Linguistics, University of Colorado

William Bright was born in southern California in 1928. In 1955 he received his doctorate in linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, where his dissertation was a grammar of the Karuk language. From 1959 to 1988 he taught linguistics and anthropology at UCLA; now he is Professor Adjoint in Linguistics, University of Colorado, Boulder. He has done field work in native California, Mexico, Guatemala, and India. He was Editor of Language, the journal of the Linguistic Society of America, from 1966 to 1988; in 1992 he was Editor of the International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (Oxford University Press, 4 vols.); and he was editor of the journal Language in Society from 1993 to 1999. He was co-editor of the reference volume The World’s Writing Systems (Oxford, 1996). He is currently editor of the journal Written Language & Literacy. His principal interests are ethnolinguistics, sociolinguistics, toponymy, and written language.

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