Wallace Chafe

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Career Summary

          B.A., Yale University, 1950
          M.A., Linguistics, Yale University, 1956
          Ph.D., Linguistics, Yale University, 1958


Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, University of Buffalo, 1958-59
Linguist, Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, 1959-62
Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, 1962-86
    Chairman of Department, 1969-74 and 1977-78
Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1986-91
    Professor Emeritus, 1991-
    Research Professor, 2002-

Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeritus, 2007-08

         Visiting appointments:

Linguistic Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, summer 1966
Cornell University, 1967-68
Sydney University, fall 1975
Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1976-77
Wellesley College (Henry R. Luce Professor), 1979
State University of New York, Albany, 1981-85 (fall semesters)
Linguistic Institute, Georgetown University, summer 1985
Linguistic Institute, University of New Mexico, summer 1995
Australian Linguistic Institute, University of Queensland, June 1998
Rice University, spring semester 1999
Linguistic Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, summer 2001

        Major research interests:

Native American languages, especially of the Iroquoian and Caddoan families
Comparisons of spoken and written language
The structure of discourse
Cognitive aspects of language production

Language and thought

Language and emotion
Language and music
Laughter, humor, and the emotions behind them