Famous American Linguists

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Noam Chomsky
(A Major Figure in Analytic Philosophy Who is Also Known as 'The Father of Modern Linguistics')
Noam Chomsky
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Birthdate: December 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Regarded by many as the father of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky has authored over 100 books on varied topics, such as politics, linguistics, and war. A multi-talented personality, Noam Chomsky is considered a popular figure in analytic philosophy. Apart from influencing a wide array of academic fields, he has also contributed to the development of cognitivism.

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Steven Pinker
(Cognitive Psychologist and Advocate of Evolutionary Psychology and the Computational Theory of Mind)
Steven Pinker
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Birthdate: September 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Steven Pinker is a Canadian-American linguist, cognitive psychologist, and popular science author. He is also a supporter of the computational theory of mind and evolutionary psychology. His works have earned him awards from organizations like the National Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association, and the American Humanist Association. In 2013, he was named in Prospect magazine's World Thinkers list.

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John McWhorter
(Linguist)
John McWhorter
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Birthdate: October 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia
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Charles Sanders Peirce
(Scientist, Philosopher)
Charles Sanders Peirce
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Birthdate: September 10, 1839
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 19, 1914
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Noah Webster
(Lexicographer)
Noah Webster
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Birthdate: October 16, 1758
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: May 28, 1843

Noah Webster was an American textbook pioneer, lexicographer, political writer, English-language spelling reformer, author, and editor. Dubbed the Father of American Scholarship and Education, Webster's books have been credited with teaching the art of spelling and reading to five generations of American children. Thanks to his work as a spelling reformer, his name became synonymous with dictionary in the US.

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Jamie Hyneman
(Television presenter, Journalist, Linguist, Wrangler, Machinist)
Jamie Hyneman
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Birthdate: September 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marshall
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Edward Sapir
(Anthropologist, Linguist, Sociolinguist, University teacher, Ethnologist)
Edward Sapir
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Birthdate: January 26, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lębork
Died: February 4, 1939

Edward Sapir was an anthropologist-linguist. He played a pivotal role in the development of the discipline of linguistics in USA. He studied Germanic linguistics at Columbia and later researched Native American languages. He was an expert in the study of Athabascan languages and Chinookan languages. He also worked with Yiddish, Hebrew, and Chinese languages. 

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Robert Bly
(Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer)
Robert Bly
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Birthdate: December 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota, United States
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William Labov
(Linguist)
William Labov
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Birthdate: December 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
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Benjamin Lee Whorf
(Anthropologist, Linguist)
Benjamin Lee Whorf
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Birthdate: April 24, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Winthrop, Massachusetts
Died: July 26, 1941

Benjamin Lee Whorf was a linguist cum fire prevention engineer. Along with his mentor Edward Sapir, he developed what is frequently called the “Sapir–Whorf hypothesis.” Even though he was a chemical engineer by profession, he developed an early interest in linguistics and presented several papers at linguistics conferences. Unfortunately, he died at the relatively young age of 44. 

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Zellig Harris
(Linguist)
Zellig Harris
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Birthdate: October 23, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Balta, Ukraine
Died: May 22, 1992
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Leonard Bloomfield
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Birthdate: April 1, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Died: April 18, 1949
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Joseph Greenberg
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Birthdate: May 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 7, 2001
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S.I. Hayakawa
(Politician)
S.I. Hayakawa
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Birthdate: July 18, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: February 27, 1992
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Dell Hymes
(One of the First Sociolinguists to Pioneer the Connection Between Speech and Social Relations)
Dell Hymes
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Birthdate: June 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: November 13, 2009

Dell Hymes was part of some of the pioneering studies on linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics, and later focused on ethnopoetics and the SPEAKING model. He also founded the journal Language in Society and served as its editor. In his later career, he was accused of sexual harassment.

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Michael Witzel
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Birthdate: July 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Swiebodzin, Poland
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Robin Lakoff
(Linguist, Professor)
Robin Lakoff
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Birthdate: November 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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George Lakoff
(Linguist)
George Lakoff
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Birthdate: May 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
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Alexander Argüelles
(Linguist, Philologist)
Alexander Argüelles
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Birthdate: April 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Gregory Rabassa
(Translator)
Gregory Rabassa
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Birthdate: March 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yonkers, New York, United States
Died: June 13, 2016
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Martha Carey Thomas
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Birthdate: January 2, 1857
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: December 2, 1935
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William Stokoe
(Linguist)
William Stokoe
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Birthdate: July 21, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lancaster, New Hampshire, United States
Died: April 4, 2000
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George Kingsley Zipf
(Linguist, Philologist)
George Kingsley Zipf
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Birthdate: January 7, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Freeport, Illinois, United States
Died: September 25, 1950
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Ray Jackendoff
(Linguist, University teacher)
Ray Jackendoff
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Birthdate: January 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Mario Pei
(Linguist)
Mario Pei
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Birthdate: February 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 2, 1978
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Edward Robinson
(Translator)
Edward Robinson
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Birthdate: April 10, 1794
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Southington, Connecticut, United States
Died: January 27, 1863

Edward Robinson was a biblical scholar best remembered for his work Biblical Researches in Palestine. Regarded as the first major work in Biblical Archaeology and Biblical Geography, his work earned him the titles, Founder of Modern Palestinology and Father of Biblical Geography. He is also remembered for translating scriptural works.

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Kenneth Lee Pike
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Birthdate: June 9, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Woodstock, Connecticut, United States
Died: December 31, 2000
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William Dwight Whitney
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Birthdate: February 9, 1827
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 7, 1894
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Michael Silverstein
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Birthdate: September 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, United States
Died: July 17, 2020
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Geoffrey Nunberg
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Birthdate: June 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United Sates
Died: August 11, 2020
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Ella Cara Deloria
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Birthdate: January 31, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yankton Reservation, South Dakota, United States
Died: February 12, 1971
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Luis Marden
(Photographer)
Luis Marden
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Birthdate: January 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 3, 2003
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Eric Schiller
(Writer, Chess player)
Eric Schiller
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Birthdate: March 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: November 3, 2018
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John Russell Bartlett
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Birthdate: October 23, 1805
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: May 28, 1886
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John R. Swanton
(Anthropologist)
John R. Swanton
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Birthdate: February 19, 1873
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gardiner, Maine, United States
Died: May 2, 1958
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Mary Haas
(Linguist)
Mary Haas
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Birthdate: January 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Richmond, Indiana, United States
Died: May 17, 1996
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Winfred P. Lehmann
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Birthdate: June 23, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Surprise, Nebraska, United States
Died: August 1, 2007
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Herbert Weir Smyth
(Philologist, Educator)
Herbert Weir Smyth
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Birthdate: August 8, 1857
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Died: July 16, 1937
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John McCarthy
(Linguist)
John McCarthy
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Birthdate: 1953 AD
Birthplace: Massachusetts Medford, United States
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Margarita Madrigal
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Birthdate: May 15, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alajuela, Costa Rica
Died: July 23, 1983
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A.V. Williams Jackson
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Birthdate: February 9, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 8, 1937
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Sydney Lamb
(Professor)
Sydney Lamb
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Birthdate: May 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
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Frederic G. Cassidy
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Birthdate: October 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: June 14, 2000
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Carl Darling Buck
(Philologist, Educator)
Carl Darling Buck
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Birthdate: October 2, 1866
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bucksport, Maine, United States
Died: February 8, 1955
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George Oliver Curme
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Birthdate: January 14, 1860
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Richmond, Indiana, United States
Died: April 29, 1948
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Hans Kurath
(Linguist)
Hans Kurath
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Birthdate: December 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Villach, Austria
Died: January 2, 1992
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Edward Washburn Hopkins
(Linguist, Historian)
Edward Washburn Hopkins
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Birthdate: September 8, 1857
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 16, 1932
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David Pesetsky
(Linguist)
David Pesetsky
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Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: United Sates
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Alfred Tozzer
(Anthropologist)
Alfred Tozzer
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Birthdate: July 4, 1877
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lynn, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 5, 1954
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Edward Payson Evans
(Linguist, Philologist)
Edward Payson Evans
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Birthdate: December 8, 1831
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Remsen, New York, United States
Died: March 6, 1917