Odopotu, near Ijebu Ode
B.A. (Honours) English, London in 1960, Diploma in General Linguistics in 1961 and Ph.D in Linguistics in 1963
Visiting Professor to the University of Hamburg in 1979-80
Visiting Fellow to Clare Hall, Cambridge University in 1987-88
George A. Miller Visiting Professor to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1993-95
Visiting Professor to the University of Leipzig in 1997-1999.
Nigerian National Order of Merit in 1990
In 1984, Professor Bamgbose became the first African linguist to be conferred honorary membership of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). In 2000, he was elected as the first African president of the International Association of World Englishes. In 2003, he was elected the 2nd Vice-President of the Permanent International Committee of Linguists, the first time an African linguist has been so honoured. In 2009, he was elected Foundation President of the Assembly of Academicians of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN). He is also a member of the executive committee of the Nigerian Academy of Letters of which he is the foundation member.
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