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Research Assistant 1961–64; Assistant Director and Hon Lecturer 1964–65, Survey of English Usage, Department of English, University College London

Lecturer 1965–66; Docent 1966–70, Department of English, University of Göteborg

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA 1969

Professor of English, University of Lund, 1970–1995
Emeritus Professor since 1 August 1995


President, Swedish Association for Applied Linguistics (ASLA), 1976–79

Member, Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences [HSFR], 1980–86

Chairman, Publications Committee, Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 1983–86

Chairman, Steering Committee for the evaluation of linguistics in Sweden, conducted by the Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences [HSFR] 1990–92

Chairman, Working party on multimedia and information technology in language learning in Swedish universities and university colleges, Council for the Renewal of Undergraduate Education, 1995–1996

Member, National Agency for Higher Education Committee for Evaluating Master’s Degree programmes at Swedish universities, 1996–1997

Chairman, Organizing Committee for the Sixth Inter¬national Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA 81), Lund, 9–15 August 1981

Vice–President 1978–81 and President 1981–84, Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (AILA)
Organizer, Sixth International Conference on English

Language Research on Computerized Corpora (ICAME 6th), Lund, 19–22 May 1985

Member, Advisory Board for the International Corpus of English, University College London

Member, Advisory Board for the Corpus of Spoken American English, University of California, Santa Barbara

Chairman, Organizing Committee for Nobel Symposium on Corpus Linguistics, Stockholm, 4–8 August 1991

Chairman, Peer Review of English studies in Finland, 1992–93

Organizer of “Words: An International Symposium” under the auspices of the Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and sponsored by the Foundation Natur och Kultur, Publishers, Lund, 25–26 August 1995 (see
Proceedings published in June 1996)

President, Societas Linguistica Europaea 1996–1997

Academy of Finland expert for the evaluation of Professor Matti Rissanen’s application for Centre of Excellence status, 1998


The Philological Society (1961)

Linguistic Society of America (1961)

LVSL, Vetenskapssocieteten, Lund (1970)

LLHS, Kungl. Humanistiska Vetenskapssamfundet, Lund (1971)

IAUPE, International Association of University Professors of English (1971)

LHA, Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitetsakademien [The Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiqui¬ties] (1981)

Societas Scientiarum Fennica [Finska Vetenskaps–Societeten] (1986)

Academia Europaea (1989)

LVA, Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien [The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences] (1990)

ESSE, European Society for the Study of English (1991)

Die Sächsiche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, Corresponding member (1994); Mitglied der Sprachwissenschaftlichen Kommission (1997)

Kungl. Fysiografiska Sällskapet i Lund (2000)


On Voice in the English Verb. Janua Linguarum, Series Practica 63. The Hague: Mouton. 1966.

Investigating Linguistic Acceptability (with Randolph Quirk). Janua Linguarum, Series Minor 54. The Hague: Mouton. 1966.

The Evans Statements: A case for forensic linguistics. Gothenburg Studies in English 20. Göteborg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis. 1968. [Since 2010 also available in two pdf files at]

Computational Experiments in Grammatical Classifi¬cation (with Henry T. Carvell). Janua Linguarum, Series Minor 63. The Hague: Mouton. 1969.

“Computational linguistics comes of age.” The Times Literary Supplement 3569, 23. July 1970.

Modern engelsk grammatik (with Olof Sager). Stockholm: Esselte Studium. 1st edition 1971; 2nd edition 1975; 3rd edition 1985; 4th edition 1991, published by Almqvist & Wiksell, Stockholm; 6th edition 2010, published by Liber, Stockholm.

A Grammar of Contemporary English (with Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum & Geoffrey Leech). London: Longman. 1972.

Errata: Papers in Error Analysis (editor). Lund: Liber. 1973.

A Communicative Grammar of English (with Geoffrey Leech). London: Longman. 1975; 2nd edition 1994; 3rd edition 2002; Chinese translation by Laura Guan and John Liang. Hong Kong: Pearson Education Asia Limited. 2007; Japanese translation by Keiko Ikegami. Tokyo: Kinokuniya Co. Ltd. 1998; Korean edition. Seoul: Basic Books Publishing Co. 2012.

Engelsk universitetsgrammatik (with Olof Sager). Stockholm: Esselte Studium. 1978; 2nd revised edition. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell. 1996.

A Corpus of English Conversation (co–editor with Randolph Quirk). Lund Studies in English 56. Lund University Press. 1980.

Studies in English Linguistics for Randolph Quirk (co–editor with Sidney Greenbaum & Geoffrey Leech). London: Longman. 1980.

“Adress: Rillington Place 10.” Språkliga signalement, edited by Ture Johannisson, 1–22. Göteborg: Akademiförlaget. 1983.

A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (with Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum & Geoffrey Leech). London: Longman. 1985; Chinese translation 1999.

The London–Lund Corpus of Spoken English: Description and research. Lund Studies in English 82. Lund University Press. 1990.

Directions in Corpus Linguistics. Proceedings of Nobel Symposium 82, Stockholm 4–8 August 1991 (editor). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 1992.

Linguistic Research in Sweden (coordinator of a report on a peer review conducted by the Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences). Stockholm: HSFR. 1992.

Engelska ord ombord. Stockholm: Natur och Kultur. 1994; 2nd revised edition Nautiska Förlaget. 2003.

Words: Proceedings of an International Symposium, Lund, 25–26 August 1995. Kungl Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, Konferenser 36 (editor). Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International. 1996.

Engelska—öspråk, världsspråk, trendspråk. Stockholm: Norstedts Ordbok. 1999; Danish edition translated and edited by Jan Katlev: Politikens bog om engelsk. Fra øsprog til verdenssprog. Copenhagen: Politikens Forlag. 2001.

Handbok i engelska (with Rikard Svartvik). Stockholm: Norstedts Ordbok. 2001; 2nd edition: Handbok i engelska från A till Ö. Stockholm: Norstedts Akademiska Förlag;
Norwegian edition: Engelsk språkguide. edited by Arthur O. Sandved. Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. 2003; Danish edition:
Gyldendals handbog i engelsk 2001, translated by Lisbeth Waltersdorf Sørensen. Copenhagen: Gyldendal. 2003.

Sagt och gjort på engelska (with Rikard Svartvik). Stockholm: Norstedts Ordbok. 2004.

“A Life in Linguistics”. The European English Messenger 14.1, 34–44. 2005.

English―One Tongue, Many Voices (with Geoffrey Leech). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 2006; Chinese edition. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching. 2010.

“Corpus linguistics 25+ years on”. In Corpus Linguistics 25 Years on, ed. by Roberta Facchinetti, 11–25. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi. 2007.

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