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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. 

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Larry Wall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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Larry Wall is a computer programmer and author, most widely known as the creator of the Perl programming language. ...more

Age: 62

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Linguist, Computer scientist, Author

Also Ranked

#16 on The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

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Desiderius Erasmus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, or simply Erasmus, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian. Erasmus was a classical scholar who wrote in a pure Latin style. Amongst humanists, he enjoyed the sobriquet "Prince of the ...more

Age: Died at 70 (1466-1536)

Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

Profession: Theologian, Philosopher

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Leone Battista Alberti is listed (or ranked) 7 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 ...more

Age: Died at 68 (1404-1472)

Birthplace: Genoa, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Profession: Priest, Linguist, Painter, Poet, Architect, + more

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Steven Pinker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Linguists
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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 ...more

Age: 62

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Profession: Linguist, Cognitive scientist, Professor, Psychologist, Scientist, + more

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