CHARLES ALBERT FERGUSON (July 6, 1921 – September 2, 1998) was an
American linguist who taught at
Stanford University . He was one of
the founders of sociolinguistics and is best known for his work on
diglossia . The
TOEFL test was created under his leadership at the
Center for Applied Linguistics in
Washington, DC . Ferguson was also
the leader of a team of linguists in
Ferguson is also widely noted for his seminal article on diglossia, published in 1959 and (reprinted since then in other publications) and frequently cited by others, listed by Google Scholar as having been cited over 4,000 times.
He was honored with a two-volume collection of papers in a 1986 festschrift , edited by Joshua A. Fishman and others.
LIFE AND EDUCATION
Charles Albert Ferguson was born in
* Ferguson, Charles A. 1959. Diglossia. Word 15: 325-340. * Ferguson, Charles. 1976. The Ethiopian Language Area. Language In Ethiopia, ed. by M. Lionel Bender , J. Donald Bowen, R.L. Cooper, Charles A. Ferguson, pp. 63–76. Oxford: Oxford University Press. * Fishman, Joshua. 2000. "Obituary: Charles A. Ferguson, 1921-1998: An Appreciation," Journal of Sociolinguistics 4/1: 121-128. * Fishman, Joshua, et al., eds. 1986. The Fergusonian impact: in honor of Charles A. Ferguson on the occasion of his 65th birthday. (Contributions to the sociology of language, 42.) Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. * Huebner, Thom. 1999. "Obituary Charles Albert Ferguson". Language in Society 28: 431-437.
* WorldCat Identities * VIAF : 108628890 * LCCN : n50026917 * ISNI : 0000 0001 0931 6835 * GND : 118812505 * SUDOC : 031928609 * BNF : cb123053480 (data) * IATH : w6cr6kzp
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