William Bright

William Bright

William Bright (born August 13, 1928, Oxnard, California; died October 15, 2006, Louisville, Colorado) was an American linguist who specialized in Native American and South Asian languages and descriptive linguistics.

Bright earned a bachelor's degree in linguistics in 1949 and a doctorate in the same field in 1955, both from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a professor of linguistics and anthropology at UCLA from 1959 to 1988. He then moved to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he remained on the faculty until his death.

Bright was an authority on the native languages and cultures of California, and was especially known for his work on Karuk, a Native American language from northwestern California. He was made an honorary member of the Karuk tribe -- the first outsider to be so honored -- in recognition of his efforts to document and preserve their language which led to its revival. Bright was also known for his research on the native American languages Nahuatl, Kaqchikel, Luiseño, Ute, Wishram, and Yurok, and the South Asian languages Lushai, Kannada, Tamil, and Tulu.

Bright was editor of "Language", the journal of the Linguistic Society of America, from 1966 to 1988 and of "Language in Society" from 1993 to 1999. He was the founding editor of "Written Language and Literacy", which he edited from 1997 until 2003. He served as President of the Linguistic Society of America in 1989.

He was the father of author Susie Bright. In his later life, he was married to Lise Menn. He died of a brain tumor.


*"Native American Placenames of the United States" (University of Oklahoma, 2004)
*"1,500 California Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning" (University of California, 1998)
*"A Coyote Reader" (University of California, 1993)
*"Language variation in South Asia" (Oxford University Press, 1990)
*"American Indian Linguistics and Literature" (Mouton, 1984)
*"Discovered tongues: Poems by linguists" (Editor, Corvine Press, 1983)
*"Haiku journey: To the North Coast" (Copper Canyon Press, 1983)
*"Bibliography of the languages of Native California, including closely related languages of adjacent areas" (Scarecrow Press, 1982)

External links

* [http://www.ncidc.org/bright/ Personal website]
* [http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003681.html Bill Bright, 1928-2006] at Language Log
* [http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/23/books/23bright.html New York Times obituary]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • William Bright (historian) — William Bright, D.D. (1824 1901) was an English Church historian. He was born at Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, December 14, 1824, and was educated at Rugby School and University College, Oxford. He was ordained a priest in 1850,… …   Wikipedia

  • Bright — may refer to:*Brightness, the perception of how dark or light a source of luminance is *Being bright , describing colloquially, something with intelligence (trait) *The Brights movement, a social movement promoting the naturalistic… …   Wikipedia

  • Bright — ist der Name folgender Personen: Bette Bright, britische Rocksängerin Bill Bright (1921–2003), US amerikanischer Evangelist Bobby Bright (* 1952), US amerikanischer Politiker Cameron Bright (* 1993), kanadischer Schauspieler Charles Tilston… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bright and Hitchcocks — was a Department Store in Geelong, Victoria. It existed at the same site between 1855 and 1979. The building remains today on the south east corner of Moorabool and Little Malop Streets in central Geelong.BeginningsThe Bright and Hitchcocks store …   Wikipedia

  • Bright (homonymie) — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Bright, brillant en anglais, peut faire référence à : Toponymie Bright, un village du comté de Down en Irlande du Nord, Bright, une ville du comté… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • William Blake — – Porträt von Thomas Phillips William Blake (* 28. November 1757 in London; † 12. August 1827 ebenda) war ein englischer Dichter, Naturmystiker, Maler und der Erfinder der Reliefradierung. Sowohl …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • William Alphonso Murrill — Nacimiento 13 de octubre de 1869 Lynchburg, Virginia …   Wikipedia Español

  • William Wailes — William Wailes, (1808 1881), was the proprietor of one of England’s largest and most prolific stained glass workshops. Biographical Wailes was born and grew up in Newcastle on Tyne, England’s centre of domestic glass and bottle manufacturing. His …   Wikipedia

  • William Keepers Maxwell, Jr. — William Keepers Maxwell, Jr. (August 16 1908 – July 31, 2000) was an American novelist and editor.LifeMaxwell was born in Lincoln, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois and Harvard University. He was best known as the fiction editor… …   Wikipedia

  • William Maxwell — (16 de agosto de 1908 – 31 de julio de 2000) fue un notable novelista norteamericano y editor. (También conocido como William Keepers Maxwell, Jr.) Contenido 1 Vida 2 Obra 2.1 Novelas …   Wikipedia Español

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.