Famous American Linguists

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 1 John McWhorter

John McWhorter
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: October 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 2 Noah Webster

Noah Webster
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Famous As: Lexicographer
Birthdate: October 16, 1758
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: May 28, 1843
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 3 Jean Hersholt

Jean Hersholt
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Famous As: Film actor, Actor, Linguist, Writer, Translator
Birthdate: July 12, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Danish, American
Died: June 2, 1956

 4 Edward Sapir

Edward Sapir
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Linguist, Sociolinguist, University teacher, Ethnologist
Birthdate: January 26, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Polish, American
Died: February 4, 1939

 5 Robert Bly

Robert Bly
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Famous As: Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer
Birthdate: December 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 6 William Labov

William Labov
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: December 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 7 Benjamin Lee Whorf

Benjamin Lee Whorf
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Linguist
Birthdate: April 24, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: July 26, 1941
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 8 Leonard Bloomfield

Leonard Bloomfield
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Famous As: linguist
Birthdate: April 1, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: April 18, 1949

 9 Dell Hymes

Dell Hymes
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Linguist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: June 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: November 13, 2009

 10 Joseph Greenberg

Joseph Greenberg
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: May 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: May 7, 2001

 11 Zellig Harris

Zellig Harris
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: October 23, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: May 22, 1992

 12 William Stokoe

William Stokoe
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: July 21, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: April 4, 2000

 13 Gregory Rabassa

Gregory Rabassa
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Famous As: Translator
Birthdate: March 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 13, 2016

 14 Martha Carey Thomas

Martha Carey Thomas
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: January 2, 1857
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 2, 1935

 15 Edward Robinson

Edward Robinson
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Famous As: Translator
Birthdate: April 10, 1794
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 27, 1863

 16 Kenneth Lee Pike

Kenneth Lee Pike
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: June 9, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: December 31, 2000

 17 Ella Cara Deloria

Ella Cara Deloria
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: January 31, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 12, 1971

 18 William Dwight Whitney

William Dwight Whitney
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: February 9, 1827
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: June 7, 1894

 19 Luis Marden

Luis Marden
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: January 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 3, 2003

 20 John R. Swanton

John R. Swanton
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: February 19, 1873
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 2, 1958

 21 John Russell Bartlett

John Russell Bartlett
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: October 23, 1805
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: May 28, 1886

 22 Samuel Kirkland

Samuel Kirkland
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Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: December 1, 1741
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 28, 1808

 23 Hans Kurath

Hans Kurath
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: December 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 2, 1992

 24 A.V. Williams Jackson

A.V. Williams Jackson
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Famous As: Specialist
Birthdate: February 9, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 8, 1937

 25 George Oliver Curme

George Oliver Curme
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Famous As: Grammarian
Birthdate: January 14, 1860
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 29, 1948

 26 Sydney Lamb

Sydney Lamb
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: May 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 27 Frederic G. Cassidy

Frederic G. Cassidy
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: October 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: June 14, 2000

 28 Alfred Tozzer

Alfred Tozzer
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: July 4, 1877
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: October 5, 1954

 29 James Owen Dorsey

James Owen Dorsey
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Famous As: Ethnologist
Birthdate: October 31, 1848
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: February 4, 1895

 30 Cara Dunne-Yates

Cara Dunne-Yates
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: March 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: October 20, 2004

 31 Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: December 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 32 Jamie Hyneman

Jamie Hyneman
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Famous As: Television presenter, Journalist, Linguist, Wrangler, Machinist
Birthdate: September 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 33 Charles Hall Grandgent

Charles Hall Grandgent
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: November 14, 1862
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: September 11, 1939

 34 Mary Haas

Mary Haas
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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: January 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 17, 1996

 35 Robert M. Laughlin

Robert M. Laughlin
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: May 29, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: May 28, 2020