Theodore B. Fernald

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Theodore B. Fernald
Born 1960
Alma mater B.A., Economics, Ohio State University, 1981; M.A., Linguistics, Ohio State University, 1989; Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1994
Known for Work on Navajo reference grammar with Ellavina Perkins
Scientific career
Fields Linguistics, semantics and the Navajo language
Institutions Chair of the Department of Linguistics, Swarthmore College
Thesis On the Nonuniformity of the Individual and Stage Level Effects
Doctoral advisor William A. Ladusaw

Theodore B. Fernald is a linguist and the chair of the Department of Linguistics at Swarthmore College. He is a specialist in semantics and the Navajo language. As of 2012, he was collaborating with Ellavina Perkins under the auspices of Swarthmore and the Navajo Language Academy to produce a reference grammar of Navajo,[1][2] a project which has received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.[3] He has also served as vice-chair of the Navajo Language Academy.[4]


  1. ^ "Navajo Reference Grammar for Sentence Structure". Navajo Language Academy. 2007. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Navajo Conversations". Navajo Language Academy. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  3. ^ "National Endowment for the Humanities: FY 2008 Grant Obligations" (PDF). National Humanities Alliance. 2008. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Ted Fernald". Swarthmore News. 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 

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