An interview with Elizabeth Closs Traugott

Alan S Kaye 1 , 1
  • 1 Phonetics Research Laboratory at California State University, Fullerton.


In this interview, Elizabeth Closs Traugott, the world's leading authority on grammaticalization and the history of English syntax and Stanford University Professor Emerita, speaks candidly about her long and distinguished career as professor, former President of the Linguistic Society of America, former President of the International Society for Historical Linguistics, and Stanford University administrator (Vice Provost). Among the topics covered are: her influence over the past 40 years in (1) linguistics in general and (2) in English linguistics and philology in particular, and her evaluation of the writings of Leonard Bloomfield, Zellig Harris, Dwight Bolinger, and Edward Sapir for the contemporary linguistic scene.

Purchase article
Get instant unlimited access to the article.
Log in
Already have access? Please log in.

Log in with your institution

Journal + Issues

The official journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, founded in 1969 as one of the first scholarly journals in the field, Semiotica features articles reporting results of research in all branches of semiotic studies, in-depth reviews of selected current literature in the field, and occasional guest editorials and reports. The journal also publishes occasional Special Issues devoted to topics of particular interest.