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Sarah Ogilvie - Department of Linguistics - Stanford University

Sarah Ogilvie


D.Phil. Linguistics, Oxford University

M.A. Linguistics, Australian National University

B.Sc. Computer Science and Pure Mathematics, University of Queensland

At Stanford Since: 2014


Dr Ogilvie has been awarded a Berggruen Fellowship at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences for 2017-2018.

Sarah Ogilvie is Lecturer in Linguistics and Social Sciences Research Fellow at Stanford University. She is also Director of the Stanford Dictionary Lab and Co-Director of Stanford's Digital Humanities Minor.

Ogilvie is a linguist and lexicographer who works at the intersection of technology and the humanities, specializing in both endangered languages and their revitalization, and in dictionaries and their creation. She comes to Stanford from Silicon Valley where she worked in software at Amazon Kindle. She is author of Words of the World: A Global History of the Oxford English Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and co-editor of Keeping Languages Alive: Documentation, Pedagogy, and Revitalization (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Ogilvie is originally from Australia where she studied for a BSc in Computer Science and Pure Mathematics at University of Queensland and an MA in Linguistics at Australian National University (ANU), before completing a doctorate in Linguistics at Oxford University. She was Alice Tong Sze Fellow at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University, and then returned to Australia to be Reader in Linguistics, Chief Editor of Oxford Dictionaries, and Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre at ANU. 

Sarah's work in language documentation and description has focused on Mutsun, an American Indian language of California, and Morrobalama, an Australian Aboriginal language of remote Cape York Peninsula. She is currently working on a large digital humanities project which maps efforts to revitalize endangered languages across the globe.

As a lexicographer and specialist in the English language, Ogilvie worked as editor on the Oxford English Dictionary, responsible for words coming into English from outside Europe; etymologist of the Shorter Oxford Dictionary; languages-of-the-world editor of the Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (Elsevier), co-editor of Concise Encyclopedia of the Languages of the World (Elsevier), as well as several other Oxford dictionaries in Australia and Britain, including the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Ogilvie is on the Board of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the de Young Museum and Legion of Honor, and serves on the Executive Committee, Technology Committee, Aquisitions Committee, and Education Committee. She is also Associate Editor of the journal Dictionaries and serves on the Executive Board and Publications Committee of the Dictionary Society of North America.



[cover image of Words of the World]