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Daniel L. Everett

Professor, Global Studies
Professor, Sociology
Doutorado em Ciencias em Linguistica (Sc.D.), Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), 1983
Mestrado em Linguistica, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), 1980
Diploma in Foreign Missions, Moody Bible Institute, 1975
Office: Morison Hall 308B | 781.891._2118 | deverett@bentley.edu
Department Phone: 781.891._2113 | Department Fax: 781.891.2125
                       


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Bio

Daniel L. (Dan) Everett holds a ScD and an Masters in Linguistics from the Universidade Estadual in Campinas (UNICAMP), both based upon years of field research among the Pirahã people of the Brazilian Amazon jungle. He taught as an instructor and later Assistant Professor at UNICAMP, 1981-1986, until leaving Brazil to return to the USA. He next was appointed full professor of linguistics and anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also chaired the department of linguistics until 1999. At that time, Everett moved to the Amazon to live the majority of the next three years in the jungle among the Pirahãs. He left the jungle when the University of Manchester, England, offered him the position of Professor of Phonetics and Phonology. Following several years in England, Everett spent the 2005-2006 academic year as a visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. He then chaired the department of languages, literatures, and cultures at Illinois State University from 2006 - 2010. Since 2010 he is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. Everett has lived in the Amazonian jungle for nearly eight out of the last thirty years, studying more than a dozen little or never previously studied Amazonian languages. He has published more than 100 scientific articles as sole author and eleven books. In 2008 his book, Don't sleep there are snakes: life and language in the Amazonian jungle was published in eight languages, becoming a best-seller in English, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, and German. That book was selected by National Public Radio in the US as one of the best books of 2009. It was also selected by Blackwells booksellers in the UK as one of the best books in the UK for 2009. Everett's newest book, Language: The Cultural Tool, was published in 2012. It has been reviewed in various publications, published in three languages, and was a NY Times Editor's Choice. He has appeared numerous times on the BBC and NPR, and has been profiled in newspapers around the world. A documentary about his life and work, The Grammar of Happiness, was released in 2012. Essential Media of Australia has signed an option to produce a large budget dramatic movie based on Don't sleep there are snakes. He is currently writing "Dark Matter of the Mind: How Unseen Forces Shape our Words and World“ for the University of Chicago Press and has begun work on How Language Began, a book on language evolutino for the general public.

Teaching Interests

Everett's teaching interests have historically been phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, linguistics field research, and anthropology. These days he is interested in the cultural foundations of human behavior, especially in business, language, and religion.

Research Interests

His research spans a wide range of topics such as anthropology, cognitive sciences, the nature of language, language evolution, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind.

Professional Links

http://daneverettbooks.com/
http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=19858166&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile
http://daneverettbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Daniel-Everett-CV-12.19.13.pdf
http://www.edge.org/memberbio/daniel_l_everett

Professional Memberships

Association for Laboratory Phonology
International Organization for Cross-Cultural Psychology
Linguistic Society of America

Awards and Honors

2014, Lonner Lecture, International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology
2014, Founding co-Editor in Chief of Open Linguistics, De Gruyter Open
2013, 20th Anniversary Issue dedicated to Everett's book, Language: The Cultural Tool., Journal Pragmatics and Cognition
2013, Best World Science Documentary Award and the Student Jury Award (for Grammar of Happiness, documentary about Everett's life and work), § Academia Film Olomouc International Festival of Science Documentary Films, Czech Republic.
2013, Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes selected as required reading for all freshmen; same book was subject of Annual Belmont Conference., Belmont University, Nashville, TN
2013, Gold Panda Award for Best Long Documentary (for Grammar of Happiness, film about Everett's life and work)., Sichuan TV Festival (China)
2013, Grand Prix, Tree of Knowledge Award (for Grammar of Happiness), The World of Knowledge Science Film Festival, St Petersburg, Russia
2013, One of Four Inaugural Winners, Annual Meeting Opening Film, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2013, Holtville High School Hall of Fame, Holtville High School, Holtville, CA
2012, ACS Gold and the 2012 Judges Award for Best Cinematography (for Grammar of Happiness), Australian Cinematographers Society Awards
2012, Best Human and Social Science film 2012 (for Grammar of Happiness, documentary about Everett's life and work)., Jackson Hole Science Media Awards
2012, Grand River Forum (three-day conference dedicated to Everett's book, Don't Sleep, There are Snakes. All incoming freshmen required to read Don't Sleep), Wilfrid Laurier College, Toronto
2012, Top 15 Scientific Insights 2011, Forbes Magazine
2012, Young European Jury Prize 2012 (for Grammar of Happiness)., FIPA International Festival of Audio Visual Programs, FRANCE.
2012, Tel Aviv University Conference (on Everett's book, Language: The Cultural Tool)., Cohn Institute and the Department of Philosophy
2010, Top 100 Science Stories, 2009, Discover Magazine
2009, Best Books of 2009, for Everett's Don't Sleep, There are Snakes, National Public Radio (US)
2009, Finalist, Best Book 2009 (for Everett's Don't Sleep, There are Snakes), Society of Midland Authors
2009, Inaugural University Professor, Illinois State University
2005, Visiting Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
2001, Research Professorship, University of Manchester, UK
1992, Fellow, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science
1984, Visiting Scholar, Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1975, Delta Epsilon Chi, Delta Epsilon Chi, National Honor Society for Christian Colleges

Publications

Journal Articles
Everett, D. (2013). A Noble Scientist - Review of 'Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes - The Yanamamo and the Anthropologists. New Scientist Magazine.

Everett, D. (2013). The State of Whose Art? Reply to Nick Enfield's review of Language: The Cultural Tool Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Everett, D. (2012). The story of language: culture not nature. New Scientist, 32-35.

Everett, D. (2012). What does Piraha Have to Teach Us About Human Language and the Mind? WIREs Cognitive Science.

Everett, D. (2011). Furchtet euch nicht!. Kultur Austausch, 11 (111), 64-65.

Everett, D. (2009). Pirahã Culture and Grammar: A Response to Some Criticisms. Language, Volume 85 (Number 2), 405-442.

Frank, M., Everett, D., Fedorenko, E., Gibson, E. (2008). Number as a cognitive technology: Evidence from Pirahã language and cognition. Cognition, 108 (3), 819-824.

Everett, D. (2007). Challenging Chomskyan Linguistics: The Case of Pirahã. Human Development, 50, 297-299.

Everett, D. (2007). Challenging Chomskyan Linguistics: The Case of Piraha. Human Development, 50 (6), 297-299.

Everett, D. (2006). Responding to Bambini, Valentina, Claudio Gentili, and Pietro Pietrini 'Discussion On Cultural Constraints on Pirahã Grammar'. Current Anthropology, 47 (1), 143-145.

Everett, D. (2005). Periphrastic Pronouns in Wari. , 71 (3), 303-326.

Everett, D. (2005). Cultural Constraints on Grammar and Cognition in Pirahã. Current Anthropology, 46 (4), 621-646.

Everett, D. (2005). Biology and Language: a Consideration of Alternatives. Journal of Linguistics, 41, 157-175.

Everett, D. (2003). Iambic Feet in Paumari and the Theory of Foot Structure. Linguistic Discovery, 2 (1), 22-44.

Everett, D. (2002). Recollections of Kenneth L. Hale. Linguistic Typology, 6 (2).

Everett, D. (2001). Review of Robert D. Van Valin, Jr. & Randy J. LaPolla's "Syntax: Structure, Meaning and Function", 1997. Journal of Linguistics.

Everett, D. (2001). Do Phonological Representations Specify Variables? Evidence from the Obligatory Contour Princip.e Cognitive Psychology (42), 1-60.

Everett, D. (1999). A Formacao de Palavras na Sintaxe em Wari'. Margarida Basilio.

Everett, D., Ladefoged, P., Ladefoged, J. (1997). Phonetic Structures of Banawa, an Endangered Language. Phonetica (54), 94-111.

Everett, D., Ladefoged, P. (1996). The Status of Phonetic Rarities. Language, 72 (3).

Everett, D. (1994). Restricoes de Bloqueamento e a Teoria da Otimalidade. The Journal of the Brazilian Linguistics Society, 10 (2).

Everett, D. (1994). The Sentential Divide in Language and Cognition: Pragmatics of Word Order Flexibility and Related Issues. The Journal of Pragmatics and Cognition, 2 (1), 131-166.

Everett, D., Buller, B., Buller, E. (1993). Stress Placement, Syllable Structure and Minimality in Banawa. The International Journal of American Linguistics, 59 (3), 280-293.

Everett, D. (1993). Sapir, Reichenbach, and the Syntax of Tense in Piraha. The Journal of Pragmatics and Cognition, 1 (1), 89-124.

Everett, D. (1992). Formal Linguistics and Field Work. Cadernos do Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem.

Everett, D. (1989). Clitic Doubling, Reflexives, and Word Order Alternations in Yagua. Language, 65 (2), 339-372.

Everett, D. (1989). Anaphoric Indices and Inalienable Possession in Brazilian Portuguese. Linguistic Inquiry, 20 (3), 491-497.

Everett, D. (1988). On Metrical Constituent Structure in Piraha Phonology. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (5), 207-246.

Everett, D. (1987). Piraha Clitic Doubling. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (5), 245-276.

Everett, D., Seki, L. (1986). Deletion, Reduplication and CV Skeleta in Kamaiura. Notes on Linguistics (33), 48-52.

Everett, D., Seki, L. (1985). Reduplication and CV Skeleta in Kamairua. Linguistic Inquiry (16), 326-330.

Everett, D., Everett, K. (1984). On the relevance of Syllable Onsets to Stress Placement. Linguistic Inquiry (15), 705-711.

Everett, D. (1983). A Gramatica dos Genes. Ciencia Ilustrada.

Everett, D. (1982). Some Remarks on Minimal Pairs. Notes on Linguistics, 22, 24-30.

Everett, D. (1982). Phonetic Rarities in Piraha. Journal of the International Phonetics Association, 94-96.

Books
Everett, D. (2012). Language: The Cultural Tool. New York: Pantheon. (link)

Everett, D. (2011). Linguistic fieldwork: A Student Guide. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. (link)

Everett, D. (2008). Don't sleep, there are snakes: Life and language in the Amazonian Jungle. New York: Pantheon. (link)

Everett, D. (1997). Wari':The Pacaas-Novos Language of Western Brazil. Routledge. (link)

Everett, D. (1997). Why There are No Clitics. Arlington, TX: SIL-University of Texas, Arlington. (link)

Everett, D. (1990). A Lingua Pirahã e a Teoria da Sintaxe. UNICAMP. (link)

Edited Volumes
Everett, D. (Ed.). (2013). Shaping the Future of Business Education: Relevance, Rigor, and Life-Preparation. In Daniel L. Everett, Gordon Hardy (Eds.),  (pp. 296pp)Palgrave-Macmillan (link)


Book Chapters
Everett, D. (2013). The Role of Culture in the Emergence of Language. In Brian MacWhinney and William O'Grady (Eds.), The Handbook of Language Emergence (pp. 25pp). Hoboken, New Jersey: . Wiley-Blackwell

Everett, D. (2013). Recursion and Human Thought: Why the Piraha Don't Have Numbers. In John Brockman (Eds.), Thinking: the New Science of Decision-Making, Problem-Solving, and Prediction (pp. 269-291). HarperCollins

Everett, D. (2012). Concentric Circles of Attachment in Pirahã: A Brief Survey. In Heidi Keller, Hiltrud Otto (Eds.), Different Faces of Attachment: Cultural Variations of a Universal Human Need (pp. 25pp). Cambridge University Press (link)

Everett, D. (2009). Wari' Intentional State Construction Predicates. In Robert Van Valin (Eds.), Investigations of the Syntax-Semantics-Pragmatics Interface. John Benjamins Publishing Company

Everett, D. (2009). Interview with Dan Everett. In Geoffrey Sampson, David Gil, Peter Trudgill (Eds.), Language Complexity as an Evolving Variable. Oxford University Press

Everett, D. (2004). Coherent Fieldwork. In Piet van Sterkenberg (Eds.), Linguistics Today (pp. 141-162). John Benjamins Publishing Company

Everett, D. (2001). Monolingual Field Research. In Paul Newman and Martha Ratliff (Eds.), Fieldlinguistics (pp. 166-188). Cambridge University Press

Everett, D. (2000). Why There are no Clitics: On the Storage, Insertion, and Form of-features. In Peter Coopmans, Martin Everaert, Jane Grimshaw (Eds.), Lexical Specification and Insertion (pp. 91-114). Amsterdam: . John Benjamins Publishing Company

Everett, D. (1998). Wari' Morphology. Handbook of Morphology. Basil Blackwell

Everett, D. (1995). Sistemas Prosodicos da Familia Arawa. In Leo Wetzels (Eds.), Estudos Fonologicos de Linguas Indigenas Brasileiras. Rio de Janeiro: . Editora da Universidade Federal

Everett, D. (1986). Piraha. In Desmond Derbyshire, Geoffrey Pullum (Eds.), Handbook of Amazonian Languages (pp. 200-326). Berlin: . Mouton de Gruyter

Everett, D. (1985). Dialogue and the Selection of Data for a Grammar. In Marcelo Dascal (Eds.), Dialogue: An Interdisciplinary Approach (pp. 251-267). Amsterdam: . John Benjamins Publishing Company

Book Reviews
Everett, D. (2007). [Review of the book "The Navajo Sound System" by Joyce McDonough]. Language.

Everett, D. (2001). [Review of the book "The Amazonian Languages" by R.M.W Dixon & Alexandra K. Aikhenvald]. Linguistic Typology.

Everett, D. (1998). [Review of the book "Logical Form: From GB to Minimalism" by Norbert Hornstein]. Language.

Everett, D. (1996). [Review of the book "Phonological Analysis: A Functional Approach" by David Payne and Donald Burquest]. Phonology.

Everett, D. (1991). [Review of the book "Amazonian Linguistics: Studies in Lowland South American Languages" by Doris Payne]. Language.

Other(s)
Everett, D. (2013). Human Nurture vs. Human Nature. New York Daily News

Everett, D. (2011). Arts and Sciences and the New Educational Fusion. CEEMAN News(60), 26.

Everett, D. (2011). The Broccoli of Higher Ed.. Inside Higher Ed.

Everett, D. (2011). A Dean Brings Humanities to Business Education. The Chronicle of Higher Education

Everett, D. (2009). Review of 'In the Land of Invented Languages' by Arika Okrent. San Francisco Chronicle

Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Everett, D. (2013). "Shaping the Future of Business Education." Presented at the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development)'s Undergraduate Management Education, St Petersburg State University, St Petersburg, Russia.

Everett, D. (2013). "A Reconsideration of the Reification of Linguistics." Presented at the The British Academy's The Cognitive Revolution - 60 Years On, London, UK.

Everett, D. (2013). "Why there is no innate universal grammar." Presented at the University of Groningen's Multilingualism Symposium, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.

Everett, D. (2013). "Monolingual Demonstration." Presented at the Linguistics Society of America's Linguistics Society of America Summer Institute, Ann Arbor, MI.

Everett, D. (2013). "Towards Ethnogrammar." Presented at the Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, Germany.

Everett, D. (2013). "Language and Culture." Presented at the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Everett, D. (2013). "Cultural Effects on Grammar." Presented at the University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA.

Everett, D. (2013). "Cultural Effects on Grammar." Presented at the California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

Everett, D. (2013). "Cultural Effects on Grammar." Presented at the University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA.

Everett, D. (2013). "Language, Culture and Being Human." Presented at the Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, IL.

Everett, D. (2013). "Towards Ethnogrammar: A New Research Program." Presented at the Rice University's 5th Biennial Meeting of the Rice Linguistics Society, Houston, TX.

Everett, D. (2012). "Exploring the Syntax-Semantics Interface." Presented at the Heinrich-Heine-Universitat's 'Language: The Cultural Tool' Colloquium , Dusseldorf, Germany.

Everett, D. (2012). "Language: the Cultural Tool." Presented at the Cohen Institute, Israel.

Everett, D. (2012). "Life and Language in the Amazon." Presented at the Eton College, England.

Everett, D. (2012). "Quotatives in Wari' and Piraha: different strategies for reporting the contents of other minds." Presented at the Ruhr University's Quotation: Perspectives from Philosophy and Linguistics, Bochum, Germany.

Everett, D. (2012). "Life and Language in the Amazon Jungle: the Difficult Task of Understanding Others." Presented at the INRS's Revisioning the Americas through Indigenous Cinema, Montreal, Canada.

Everett, D. (2012). "Cognitive Fire: How Language Emerges to Serve Human Needs." Presented at the Williams College's The Annual Richmond Lecture, Williamstown, MA.

Wiggins, R. A., Everett, D. (2012). "Developing Tomorrow's Curricula: Collaborative Design across Traditional Faculty Boundaries." Presented at the AACSB's 2012 AACSB Deans Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Everett, D. (2011). "Lessons on Language and Culture from the Amazon." Presented at the Wilfrid Laurier College's Grand River Forum, Toronto, ON.

Everett, D. (2011). "Language as a Cultural Tool." Presented at the Brazil Israel Philosophy Colloquium on Mind and Language, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil.

Everett, D. (2011). "Cognitive Fire: Language as a Cultural Tool." Presented at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee's 26th Linguistics Symposium: Language Death, Endangerment, Documentation, and Revitalization, Milwaukee, WI.

Everett, D. (2010). "Where idealizations fail: grammars as cultural artifacts." Presented at the University of Vienna's International Conference on Space, numerical systems and color terminologies: Theoretical approaches and empirical analyses, Austria.

Everett, D. (2010). "Life Among the Pirahas." Presented at the University of Vienna's Museum of Ethnology, Austria.

Everett, D. (2010). "Culture, Cognition, and Language." Presented at the University of Osnabruek, Germany.

Everett, D. (2009). "Recursion in Piraha." Presented at the University of Massachusetts NSF's Conference on Recursion, MA.

Everett, D. (2009). "Endangered Languages, lost knowledge, and the future." Presented at the Long Now Organization.

Everett, D. (2009). Presented at the University of California, Santa Barbara's Santa Barbara Forum on Human Origins, Santa Barbara, CA.

Everett, D. (2007). "Cultural Constraints on Recursion." Presented at the International Conference on Recursion in Human Language.

Everett, D. (2007). "Jamesian Linguistics and the Nature of Language." Presented at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico's International Conference on Role and Reference Grammar, Mexico City.

Everett, D. (2007). Presented at the Linguistics Society of America's Symposium on Missionaries and Linguists.

Everett, D. (2007). "Culture, Linguistics and Ethnogrammar." Presented at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology's Workshop on 'Language complexity as an evolving variable', Leipzig, Germany.

Everett, D. (2006). "Phonology and Field Research." Presented at the 14th Manchester Phonology Meeting, Manchester, UK.

Everett, D. (2006). "Exocentric Syntax: RRG vs. the World." Presented at the University of Leipzig's International Conference on Role and Reference Grammar, Leipzig, Germany.

Everett, D. (2006). "Rarities, Culture and the Evolution of Language." Presented at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology's International Conference on Rara and Rarissima, Leipzig, Germany.

Everett, D. (2006). "Exocentric Morphology." Presented at the York University's York-Essex Morphology Meeting (YEMM 3).

Everett, D. (2005). "Questoes Empiricas na Avaliacao da Linguistica Formal." Presented at the Meeting of the Grupo de Trabalho on Formal Linguistics of the Brazilian Association of Letters and Linguistics, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Everett, D. (2005). Presented at the Brazilian Linguistics Society (ABRALIN) Annual Meeting, University of Brasilia.

Everett, D. (2005). Presented at the RRG 2005, Taiwan.

Everett, D. (2004). "How to document a language." Presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting's Symposium on Documenting Endangered Languages: Goals, Methods and Strategies, Seattle, WA.

Everett, D. (2004). "Liminal Categories and the Theory of Words." Presented at the University of Leipzig's Workshop on Word Domains: Theory and Typology, Germany.

Everett, D. (2004). "Oracoes exocentricas, Categorias Liminais e etnossintaxe." Presented at the University of Brasilia's International Conference on Tupi Languages, Brazil.

Everett, D. (2003). "Coherent Fieldwork." Presented at the 17th International Congress of Linguists, Prague, Czech Republic.

Everett, D. (2003). "Why We Should be Concerned About Syntaxes We Don't Know." Presented at the UNESP's Conference on Role and Reference Grammar, Rio Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Everett, D. (2003). "Morphological Irregularities in the Amazon." Presented at the Irregularities in Morphological Paradigms, Manchester, UK.

Everett, D. (2002). "Particulars vs. Universals in Theories of Phrase Structure." Presented at the University of La Rioja's Conference on Role and Reference Grammar and Functional Grammar, Logrono, Spain.

Everett, D. (2002). "Monolingual Demonstration and Fieldwork Seminar." Presented at the University of Michigan's Symposium on Kenneth L. Pike, Ann Arbor, MI.

Everett, D. (1999). "Being Truth in Academics." Presented at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University's Veritas Forum, PA.

Everett, D. (1998). "Tutorial on Monolingual Fieldwork." Presented at the Linguistics Society of America's Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, New York.

Everett, D. (1998). "None Forms, Inputs, and Comparative Optimality: Experimentation and the Obligatory Contour Principle in Modern Hebrew, Current Trends in Phonology II." Presented at the Royaumont Abbey, Paris, France.

Everett, D. (1997). "Jungle Talk: Conversational Styles in Amazonia." Presented at the University of Pittsburgh's Annual Founder's Day Conference, Pittburgh, PA.

Everett, D. (1993). "Discourse, Cognition and the Theory of Grammar." Presented at the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh's Richard King Mellon Annual Lecture Series, Pittburgh, PA.

Everett, D. (1993). "Blocking Constraints, Obligatory Rules, and Optimality Theory." Presented at the University of Manchester's Workshop on Cognitive Phonology, England.

Everett, D. (1991). "On the Storage, Insertion and Form-of Features." Presented at the Research Institute for Language and Speech, University of Utrecht's Workshop on Lexical Specification and Lexical Insertion, Netherlands.

Everett, D. (1990). "A Morphosyntactic and Phonological Comparison of Arawan and Capacuran: Any Evidence for a Genetic Classification?" Presented at the University of Colorado's Conference on Greenberg's Classification of Languages of the Americas, Boulder, CO.

Everett, D. (1987). "The Status of Phonological Research in Lowland South America." Presented at the University of Oregon's Working Conference on Amazonian Languages, Eugene, OR.

Service

Department Service
Department Chair, Illinois State University, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, 2006 - 2010
Director, University of Manchester, Department of English Language and Linguistics, Postgraduate Programme, 2003 - 2005
Postgraduate Tutor, University of Manchester, Department of Linguistics, 2003 - 2005
Postgraduate Admissions Officer, University of Manchester, Department of Linguistics, 2003 - 2005
Committee Member for Review Committee for Department of Language & Linguistics, Brigham Young University - 1999
Director, University of Pittsburgh, Center for Latin American Studies, Brazilian Studies Program, 1998 - 1999
Department Chair, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Linguistics, 1989 - 1999
Committee Chair for Provost's Internal Review Committee of the Department of English, University of Pittsburgh - 1998
Provost's Internal Review Committee of Department of Communication, Division of Communication Disorders, University of Pittsburgh - 1993
Committee Member for Faculty Advisory Board, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1989 - 1991

University Service
Dean for Bentley University, School of Arts and Sciences, 2010 - Present
External Examiner for Cambridge University, MPhil Programme, 2002 - 2006
Committee Member for Board of Advisors, Beijing Branch Campus, Beijing National University, P.R.C., 1994 - 1999
Dean for Semester at Sea, University of Pittsburgh Center for International Studies, 1995 - 1995
Committee Member for Faculty Advisory Committee, Semester at Sea, 1993 - 1995
Linguistic Coordinator for SIL International, Porto Velho, Brazil, 1986 - 1988

Professional Service
Founding co-Editor in Chief of Open Linguistics for De Gruyter Open, 2014
Committee Member for Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, 2011 - Present
Editorial Review Board Member for Oxford Surveys in Syntax and Morphology, 2001 - Present
Committee Member for Board of Experts, Yourdictionary.com, 1999 - Present
Editorial Review Board Member for The Journal of the Brazilian Linguistics Society, 1992 - Present
Editorial Review Board Member for RaeL: Revista Electronica de Linguistica Aplicada, 2008 - 2010
Editorial Review Board Member for ALFA: Revista de Linguistica, da Universidade Estadual Paulista, 2001 - 2010
Conference/Workshop Organizer for International Conference on Recursion in Human Languages - 2007
Committee Chair for Committee on Honorary Appointments, Linguistic Society of America, 2005 - 2006
Committee Member for Committee on Honorary Appointments, Linguistic Society of America, 2003 - 2005
Committee Member for Panel for Dual Support Reform, Economics and Social Research Council, 2004 - 2004
Editorial Review Board Member for International Journal of American Linguistics, 1996 - 2004
Committee Member for Scientific Committee, 17th International Congress of Linguists, 2002 - 2003
Committee Member for Committee on Endangered Languages and Their Preservation, 1997 - 1999
Co-Chair for Colloquium on Discourse, Linguistic, Philosophical and Computational Perspectives - 1995
Editor (Associate), Journal for Language, 1991 - 1994
Co-Director for Workshop on Arawan Languages (with R.M.W. Dixon) - 1993
Co-Organizer for Conference on Amazonian Languages - 1987
Coordinator for Teaching iof Generative Grammar at the Graduate Level in Brazil - 1986
Co-Organizer for Encontro Nacional de Sintaxe, UNICAMP - 1983