• Sterling Fellowship in Linguistics, Yale University, 1943-1944
  • Research Fellow in Speech, Haskins Laboratories, 1956-1957
  • D.Litt., (honorary degree), Washburn University, 1964
  • Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1969-1970
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1973
  • Orwell Award, National Council of Teachers of English, 1981
  • Corresponding Member, Royal Spanish Academy, 1988
  • Corresponding Fellow, British Academy, 1990
  • Co-chairman, Honorary Editorial Advisory Board, The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, R.E. Asher and J.M.Y. Simpson, eds., Pergamon, 1994.

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