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My original exposure to Jakobson was so captivating that I arranged to commute one day a week over to New York to attend a course on phonetics and phonology which he was giving at Columbia University, and a decade later I profited from interaction with him at Harvard. Tension between "Pure" and "Applied". S. Department of State. My academic friends were displeased by this apparent betrayal of academic loyalties, but it was a wonderful opportunity for me and I never regretted the decision. It was the second point in my career where a Page 17 lucky possibility opened up and I was able to respond.

Linguistic Institutes at Michigan, Indiana, Page 19 Georgetown, University of Washington at Seattle, and one summer at an Institute supported by the Rockefeller Foundation at the Deccan College in Poona, India). D. in Romance Linguistics, fluent in German, overseas experience in the U. S. Information Agency), and Nora Walker (a Syrian American with secretarial and administrative experience). S. Office of Education, the Ford Foundation, and various other government agencies and non-governmental funding sources were eager to support assorted projects helping to solve language problems.

1986. The Fergusonian impact: In honor of Charles A. Ferguson on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Page 10 Long-Term Commitment and Lucky Events Charles A. Ferguson Stanford University As I think about those aspects of my life that have most to do with understanding the history of American linguistics and the kind of individuals involved in it, I feel that the most important points to be considered are only two how I came into linguistics, and the constructive tension between purely academic career activities and more "activist" or "applied" activities outside academe proper.

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