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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.

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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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    James Owen Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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    James Owen Dorsey was an American ethnologist, linguist, and Episcopalian missionary in the Dakota Territory, who contributed to the description of the Ponca, Omaha, and other southern Siouan languages. He worked for the Bureau of American Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution from 1880-1895, when he ...more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1848-1895)
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Linguist, Anthropologist, Ethnologist
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    Pāṇini

    Pāṇini is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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    Pāṇini, or Panini, was a Sanskrit grammarian from ancient India. He was born in Pushkalavati, Gandhara — on the outskirts of modern-day Charsadda — a city in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Pāṇini is known for his Sanskrit grammar, particularly for his formulation of the 3,996 rules of ...more

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    • Birthplace: Shalatula, Pakistan
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    Leonard Bloomfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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    Leonard Bloomfield was an American linguist who led the development of structural linguistics in the United States during the 1930s and the 1940s. His influential textbook Language, published in 1933, presented a comprehensive description of American structural linguistics. He made significant ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1887-1949)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Scientist
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    Sibawayh

    Sibawayh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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    Abū Bishr ʿAmr ibn ʿUthmān ibn Qanbar Al-Baṣrī, commonly known as Sībawayh, was an influential linguist and grammarian of the Arabic language. His seminal work Al-Kitab was the first written grammar of the language. Despite his significance to the development of the Arabic language and linguistic ...more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (760-796)
    • Birthplace: Beyza, Iran
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    Bernard Comrie

    Bernard Comrie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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    Bernard Comrie is a British-born linguist. Comrie is a specialist in linguistic typology and linguistic universals, and on Caucasian languages. He is currently a professor at and director of the Department of Linguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and ...more

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    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Sunderland, United Kingdom
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    Carol Chomsky is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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    Carol Chomsky is a professor. more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1930-2008)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Linguist, Author, Teacher
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    John McWhorter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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    John Hamilton McWhorter V is an American linguist and political commentator. He is the author of a number of books on language and on race relations. His research specialties are how creole languages form and how language grammars change as the result of sociohistorical phenomena. more

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    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Linguist, Author, Teacher
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    Karl Brugmann

    Karl Brugmann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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    Karl Brugmann was a German linguist. He is highly regarded for his work in Indo-European linguistics. more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1849-1919)
    • Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany
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