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List of Famous Linguists

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List of famous linguists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top linguists in the world? This includes the most prominent linguists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable linguists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic linguists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned linguists.

Use every person on this list for yours, from Noam Chomsky to Larry Wall.

From reputable, prominent, and well known linguists to the lesser known linguists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the linguist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous linguists ever?" and "What are the names of famous linguists?" then you're in the right place. (172 items)
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    Noam Chomsky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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    Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator, social justice activist, and anarcho-syndicalist advocate. Sometimes described as the "father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy. He has spent most of ...more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: East Oak Lane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Linguist, Cognitive scientist, Historian, Logician, Screenwriter, + more
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    Pier Paolo Pasolini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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    Pier Paolo Pasolini was an Italian film director, poet, writer and intellectual. Pasolini distinguished himself as a poet, journalist, philosopher, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, newspaper and magazine columnist, actor, painter and political figure. He demonstrated a unique and extraordinary cultural ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1922-1975)
    • Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
    • Profession: Linguist, Painter, Poet, Politician, Journalist, + more
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    John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Catholic family in Manchester, he eventually became one of the best known English literary figures of the latter half of the twentieth ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1917-1993)
    • Birthplace: Harpurhey, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Educationalist, Linguist, Poet, Librettist, Novelist, + more
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    Al-Biruni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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    Abū al-Rayhān Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Bīrūnī, known as Al-Biruni in English, was a Persian Muslim scholar and polymath from the Khwarezm region. Al-Biruni is regarded as one of the greatest scholars of the medieval Islamic era and was well versed in physics, mathematics, astronomy, and natural sciences, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (973-1048)
    • Birthplace: Khwarezm
    • Profession: Linguist, Mathematician, Anthropologist, Scholar, Physicist, + more
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    Larry Wall is a computer programmer and author, most widely known as the creator of the Perl programming language. more

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    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Linguist, Computer scientist, Author
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    Leone Battista Alberti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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    Leon Battista Alberti was an Italian humanist author, artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher and cryptographer; he epitomised the Renaissance Man. Although he is often characterized as an "architect" exclusively, as James Beck has observed, "to single out one of Leon Battista's 'fields' ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1404-1472)
    • Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
    • Profession: Priest, Linguist, Painter, Poet, Architect, + more
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    Steven Arthur Pinker is a Canadian-born American experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist, and popular science author. He is a Harvard College Professor and the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and is known for his advocacy of evolutionary ...more

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    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Profession: Linguist, Cognitive scientist, Professor, Psychologist, Scientist, + more
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    Edward Sapir is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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    Edward Sapir was an American anthropologist-linguist, who is widely considered to be one of the most important figures in the early development of the discipline of linguistics. Sapir was born in German Pomerania; his parents emigrated to America when he was a child. He studied Germanic linguistics at ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1884-1939)
    • Birthplace: Lębork, Poland
    • Profession: Linguist, Anthropologist, Scientist
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