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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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John Pell is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list List of Famous Linguists
John Pell was an English mathematician.

Ben Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Benjamin Zimmer is an American linguist, lexicographer, and language commentator. He is the executive producer of the Visual Thesaurus and Vocabulary.com, and is a language columnist for The ...more

Donald Laycock is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Dr Donald Laycock was an Australian linguist and anthropologist. He is best remembered for his work on the languages of Papua New Guinea.

Talmy Givón is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Thomas Givon is a linguist and writer. He is one of the founders of functionalism in linguistics. He is one of the founders of the linguistics department at the University of Oregon based on his ...more

Mark Johnson is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Mark L. Johnson is Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. He is well known for contributions to embodied philosophy, cognitive ...more

Yuliya Levina is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Yuliya Aleksandrovna Levina is a Russian rower who competed for Russia in four Summer Olympics. In 2000 she was a crew member of the Russia boat which won the bronze medal in the quadruple ...more

Fredrik Lindström is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Fredrik Lindström is a Swedish linguist, comedian, film director and presenter. In the 2000s, Lindström has become a household name in Sweden through his documentary series Värsta ...more

Hirsi Magan Isse is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Hirsi Magan Isse was a scholar and one of the leading figures of the Somali revolution. A part of Somalia's political elite, he was a leader in the Somali Salvation Democratic Front, one of the ...more

Marcelo Dascal is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Marcelo Dascal is a Brazillian-born Israeli philosopher and linguist. Dascal is a professor of philosophy at Tel Aviv University, where he has taught since 1967.

Lyle Campbell is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Lyle Campbell Lyle Richard Campbell is a linguist and leading expert on indigenous American languages—especially those of Mesoamerica—and on historical linguistics in general. He also has expertise in Uralic ...more

Michael Halliday is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Michael Alexander Kirkwood Halliday is a British-born Australian linguist who developed the internationally influential systemic functional linguistic model of language. His grammatical ...more

William Bright is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list List of Famous Linguists
William Bright was an American linguist who specialized in Native American and South Asian languages and descriptive linguistics. Bright earned a bachelor's degree in linguistics in 1949 and a ...more

Nicholas Evans is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Nicholas Evans is an Australian linguist. Holding a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Australian National University, he is Head of the Department of Linguistics and Distinguished Professor in the ...more

K. David Harrison is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list List of Famous Linguists
K. David Harrison, is a linguist, author and activist for the documentation and preservation of endangered languages teaching at Swarthmore College and affiliated with the National Geographic ...more

David Stuart is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list List of Famous Linguists
David Stuart David Stuart is an archaeologist and epigrapher specializing in the study of ancient Mesoamerica, especially Maya civilization. He is widely recognized for his work in deciphering the Maya ...more

Manuel Antonio Mesones Muro is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Manuel Antonio Mesones Muro was born in Ferreñafe in the Lambayeque Region of Peru. He was one of the pioneers of the exploration of north-eastern Peru and a scientist of many talents - a ...more

Stephen Matthews is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Stephen Matthews, a linguist, specialises in language typology, syntax and semantics. His current interests include the word order typology of Chinese; the grammar of Chinese dialects, notably ...more

Daniel Everett is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Daniel Leonard Everett is an American author and academic best known for his study of the Amazon Basin's Pirahã people and their language. As of July 1, 2010 he serves as Dean of Arts and ...more

Gyula Decsy is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list List of Famous Linguists

David Pesetsky is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list List of Famous Linguists
David Michael Pesetsky is an American linguist. He is the Ferrari P. Ward Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics and Head of the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the ...more

Charles Pickering Bowditch is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Charles Pickering Bowditch Charles Pickering Bowditch was an American financier, archaeologist, cryptographer and linguistics scholar who specialized in Mayan epigraphy. Bowditch was born in Boston into the Massachusetts ...more

Ofelia Zepeda is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Ofelia Zepeda is a Tohono O'odham poet and intellectual.

Michael Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Michael Silverstein is a professor of anthropology, linguistics, and psychology at the University of Chicago. He is a theoretician of semiotics and linguistic anthropology. Over the course of ...more

Karl V. Teeter is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Karl V. Teeter Karl van Duyn Teeter was an American linguist known especially for his work on the Algic languages.

Hermann Moisl is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Dr. Hermann Moisl is a senior lecturer in linguistics at Newcastle University and was educated at various institutes, including Trinity College Dublin and the University of Oxford. Research ...more

Judah A. Joffe is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Judah Achilles Joffe was a Yiddish philologist. Among Joffe's noted works is his 1949 critical edition of the Bovo-Bukh, the most popular chivalric romance in the Yiddish language. He was also a ...more

Jerzy Michal Bozyk is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Jerzy Michal Bozyk Jerzy Michal Bozyk is an actor.

Zvia Valdan is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Zvia Valdan Zvia Valdan is the daughter of Shimon Peres.

Ernst Oswald Johannes Westphal is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Ernst Oswald Johannes Gotthard Gotthilf Westphal, was a South African linguist and an expert in Bantu and Khoisan languages. From 1949 to 1962 he taught at the School of Oriental and African ...more

Dezső Szabó is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Dezső Szabó Dezső Szabó, was a Hungarian linguist and writer noted for his nationalist and anti-semitic views. Szabó has been considered one of the first "pioneers of Magyar populist ...more

Luís Lindley Cintra is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Luís Lindley Cintra Luís Lindley Cintra was a philologist and a linguist.

James Waite Dickson is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list List of Famous Linguists
James Waite Dickson James Waite Dickson was an artist, an astronomer and a linguist.

Paul Frommer is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Paul Frommer is a teacher, writer and researcher.

Milojko Veselinovic is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Milojko Veselinovic Milojko C. Veselinovic is a prominent Serbian scientist, professor, linguist, historian, diplomat and publicist.

Nestor Malecha is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Nestor Malecha

Haruo Aoki is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Haruo Aoki

Nicholas Poppe is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Nicholas Poppe Nicholas N. Poppe was an important Russian linguist. He is also known as Nikolaus Poppe, with his first name in its German form. He is often cited as N.N. Poppe in academic publications. Poppe ...more

George Murcell is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list List of Famous Linguists
George Murcell was a British character actor.

George Bowen is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list List of Famous Linguists
George Bowen George H. Bowen was an American missionary, newspaper man, linguist, and translator in India. He was known as "The White Saint of India" for his resemblance in manner and dress to the ...more

Ivan Mažuranić is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Ivan Mažuranić Ivan Mažuranić was a Croatian poet, linguist and politician—probably the most important figure in Croatia's cultural life in the mid-19th century. Mažuranić served as Ban of Croatia-Slavonia ...more

Joan Bybee is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Joan Bybee Joan L. Bybee is an American linguist. She is a Distinguished Professor at the University of New Mexico. She served as president of the Linguistic Society of America in 2004. Much of her work ...more

Wilfrid Douglas is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Wilfrid Douglas Wilfrid Henry Douglas was a missionary, linguist and translator, and carried out important early work on many indigenous Australian languages. Born in Belfast in 1917, Douglas came to Australia ...more

Henry Albert Schultens is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Hendrik Albert Schultens was a third generation Dutch linguist.

Alexander Mackay is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Alexander Mackay Alexander Mackay was a New Zealand farmer, explorer, linguist, magistrate and land court judge. He was born in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland on 11 May 1833. He married Hannah Sarah Gibbs at ...more

Charles J. Fillmore is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Charles J. Fillmore Charles J. Fillmore was an American linguist and Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Michigan in 1961. ...more

Irene Heim is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Irene Heim Irene Roswitha Heim is a linguist and noted specialist in semantics. She was a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and UCLA before finally moving to the Massachusetts Institute of ...more

James Joachim Hurtak is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list List of Famous Linguists
James Joachim Hurtak J.J. Hurtak is an American social scientist, linguist, futurist, and author. Hurtak's work encompasses a diverse array of disciplines, including religion and philosophy, space law, environmental ...more

Sandra Roelofs is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Sandra Roelofs Sandra Elisabeth Roelofs Saakashvili is a Dutch linguist and was the First Lady of Georgia from 2004 to 2013, when her husband Mikheil Saakashvili was elected as a president of the country.

Mihailo Stevanović is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Mihailo Stevanović Mihailo Stevanović was a Serbian linguist and philologist, professor at the University of Belgrade and a full member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He was born in Stijena Piperska. ...more

Abraham Yahuda is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list List of Famous Linguists
Abraham Yahuda Abraham Shalom Yahuda was a Jewish polymath, teacher, writer, researcher, linguist, and collector of rare documents. He was born in Jerusalem to a Jewish family originally from Baghdad. During ...more