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
8
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
(American Linguist and Author)
John McWhorter
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Birthdate: October 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia
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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
(American Television Host and Special Effects Expert)
Jamie Hyneman
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Birthdate: September 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marshall

Jamie Hyneman is an American television host and special effects expert. He achieved popularity as the co-host of the popular TV series MythBusters. He is also credited with inventing an unmanned firefighting robotic vehicle called Sentry. Jamie Hyneman also co-designed Wavecam, an aerial cable robotic camera system used in entertainment and sports events.

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Charles Sanders Peirce
(American Philosopher, Mathematician, Logician, and Scientist)
Charles Sanders Peirce
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Birthdate: September 10, 1839
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 19, 1914

Charles Sanders Peirce was an American philosopher, mathematician, logician, and scientist. He is best remembered for his immense contributions to logic. Philosopher Paul Weiss called him America's greatest logician. Charles Sanders Peirce is also regarded by some as the father of pragmatism.

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Edward Sapir
(Anthropologist, Linguist, Sociolinguist, University teacher, Ethnologist)
Edward Sapir
3
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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William Labov
(American Linguist)
William Labov
3
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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Robert Bly
(American Poet & Essayist Best Know for his Prose Book 'Iron John: A Book About Men')
Robert Bly
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Birthdate: December 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota, United States

Robert Bly was an American poet, activist, and essayist. He is best remembered for leading the mythopoetic men's movement. He is also remembered for his book Iron John: A Book About Men. Robert Bly is also well-known for his work The Light Around the Body, which earned him the National Book Award for Poetry in 1968.

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Daniel Everett
(American Author and Linguist)
Daniel Everett
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Birthdate: July 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Holtville, California, United States
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Zellig Harris
(American Linguist, Methodologist of Science, and Mathematical Syntactician)
Zellig Harris
5
Birthdate: October 23, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Balta, Ukraine
Died: May 22, 1992
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Leonard Bloomfield
(American Linguist and Author)
Leonard Bloomfield
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Birthdate: April 1, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Died: April 18, 1949
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S.I. Hayakawa
(Canadian-born American Politician and Academic)
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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Joseph Greenberg
(American Linguist and Educator)
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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Michael Witzel
(German-American Philologist, Indologist, and Comparative Mythologist)
Michael Witzel
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Birthdate: July 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Swiebodzin, Poland
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George Lakoff
(American Philosopher and Cognitive Linguist)
George Lakoff
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Birthdate: May 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
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Robin Lakoff
(American Linguist, Author, and Educator)
Robin Lakoff
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Birthdate: November 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Alexander Argüelles
(American Linguist and Educator)
Alexander Argüelles
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Birthdate: April 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Gregory Rabassa
(American Translator and Educator)
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
(American Linguist, Suffragist, and Educator)
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
(American Linguist and Academic)
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
(American Philologist and Linguist)
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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Mario Pei
(Italian-born American Author, Polyglot, and 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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Ray Jackendoff
(American Linguist and Professor)
Ray Jackendoff
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Birthdate: January 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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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
(American Anthropologist and Linguist)
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
(American Linguist, Lexicographer, and Philologist)
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
(American Linguist)
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
(American Author and Lexical Semantician)
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
(Anthropologist, Educator, Linguist, Ethnographer, and Novelist)
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
(American Explorer, Photographer, Writer, Filmmaker, Navigator, Diver, and Linguist)
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
(American Chess Player, Arbiter, Trainer, and Chess Book Writer)
Eric Schiller
1
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
(American Linguist and Historian)
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
(American Folklorist, Anthropologist, and Linguist)
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
(American 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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Herbert Weir Smyth
(American Classical Scholar )
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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Winfred P. Lehmann
(American Linguist and Professor)
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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John McCarthy
(American Linguist and Author)
John McCarthy
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Birthdate: 1953 AD
Birthplace: Massachusetts Medford, United States
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Margarita Madrigal
(Costa Rican American Language Teacher and Author)
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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Frederic G. Cassidy
(Jamaican-born American Lexicographer and Linguist)
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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A.V. Williams Jackson
(American Linguist and Iranologist)
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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Carl Darling Buck
(American Philologist and Professor )
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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Sydney Lamb
(American Linguist and Educator)
Sydney Lamb
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Birthdate: May 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
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David Pesetsky
(American Linguist and Educator)
David Pesetsky
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Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: United Sates
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Edward Washburn Hopkins
(American Sanskrit-language Scholar and Professor)
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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Hans Kurath
(American Linguist and Professor)
Hans Kurath
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Birthdate: December 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Villach, Austria
Died: January 2, 1992
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George Oliver Curme
(American Philologist and Grammarian)
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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Alfred Tozzer
(American Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Educator, and Linguist)
Alfred Tozzer
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Birthdate: July 4, 1877
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lynn, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 5, 1954