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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. You might also enjoy the world's strangest languages and 30 Eastern language words English doesn't have. 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.

This list of great people of linguistics include Noam Chomsky, Larry Wall, J. R. R. Tolkien, and more. 

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. 

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 ...more

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Age: 88

Birthplace: USA, East Oak Lane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Linguist, Cognitive scientist, Historian, Logician, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: L'encerclement - La démocratie dans les rets du néolibéralisme, The U.S. vs. John Lennon, Noam Chomsky: Distorted Morality, Noam Chomsky: Rebel Without a Pause

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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 53 (1922-1975)

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe, Province of Bologna, + more

Nationality: Italy

Profession: Linguist, Painter, Poet, Politician, Journalist, + more

Credits: La Dolce Vita, The Gospel According to St. Matthew, Nights of Cabiria, Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, + more

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Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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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, Greater Manchester, North West England, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Profession: Educationalist, Linguist, Poet, Librettist, Novelist, + more

Credits: A Clockwork Orange, Moses the Lawgiver, Cyrano de Bergerac, Vinyl, 1984: A Personal View of Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty Four', + more

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#19 on The Best Catholic Authors

#94 on The Best Science-Fiction Authors

#69 on The Best Historical Fiction Writers of All Time

#29 on The Most Unbearably Pretentious Authors In Literary History

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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 75 (973-1048)

Birthplace: Khwarezm

Nationality: Iran

Profession: Linguist, Mathematician, Anthropologist, Scholar, Physicist, + more

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