List of famous linguists and their noteworthy contributions.

Linguists study, describe and explain the human faculty of language. Modern linguistics as a field began to develop in the 18th century. Swiss linguist and semiotician Ferdinand Mongin de Saussure who laid a foundation for many significant developments both in linguistics and semiology in the 20th century is considered one of the founders of 20th-century linguistics. Czech literary, linguistic, and aesthetic theorist Jan Mukařovský and Russian–American linguist and literary theorist Roman Osipovich Jakobson are both considered pioneers of the structural analysis of language. The discipline of linguistics was further enriched in the late 20th century by the emergence of the likes of Noam Chomsky, William Labov, and Michael Halliday. While Chomsky made pivotal contributions to generative grammar, Halliday worked on systemic functional linguistics and also modern psycholinguistics. Among the prominent ladies in the field, Alexandra Yurievna Aikhenvald is one who stands out owing to her specialization in Linguistic typology and the Arawak language family. Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig is another woman linguist who had conducted extensive research on second-language temporality and tense-mood-aspect systems and interlanguage pragmatics. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous linguists.

Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley

Girish KarnadGirish Karnad
Jamie HynemanJamie Hyneman
Susie DentSusie Dent

Steven PinkerSteven Pinker
Pier Paolo PasoliniPier Paolo Pasolini
Ferdinand de SaussureFerdinand de Saussure

Julius NyerereJulius Nyerere
Muhammad Tahir-ul-QadriMuhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
Mikhail BakhtinMikhail Bakhtin

Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau
Wilhelm von HumboldtWilhelm von Humboldt
Amos OzAmos Oz

John Amos ComeniusJohn Amos Comenius
Michael HallidayMichael Halliday
Mary SomervilleMary Somerville

Roman JakobsonRoman Jakobson
L. L. ZamenhofL. L. Zamenhof
J. L. AustinJ. L. Austin

Luce IrigarayLuce Irigaray
Jean HersholtJean Hersholt
Edward SapirEdward Sapir

Maithili Sharan GuptMaithili Sharan Gupt
Wilhelm GrimmWilhelm Grimm
Robert BlyRobert Bly

Sandra RoelofsSandra Roelofs
Charles-Valentin AlkanCharles-Valentin Alkan
Benjamin Lee WhorfBenjamin Lee Whorf

Anne CarsonAnne Carson
Niki KarimiNiki Karimi
Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan

Yasmina RezaYasmina Reza
Dell HymesDell Hymes
Valentin InzkoValentin Inzko

Victor KlempererVictor Klemperer
Conrad GessnerConrad Gessner
Dimitrie CantemirDimitrie Cantemir

Max BrodMax Brod
Alexandre de RhodesAlexandre de Rhodes
Erich AuerbachErich Auerbach

Nirmal VermaNirmal Verma
Hermann GrassmannHermann Grassmann
August Wilhelm SchlegelAugust Wilhelm Schlegel

Wolfgang IserWolfgang Iser
Michael VentrisMichael Ventris
Isabelo de los ReyesIsabelo de los Reyes

Teun A. van DijkTeun A. van Dijk
Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane
Jon EliaJon Elia

Guillermo Cabrera InfanteGuillermo Cabrera Infante
Monteiro LobatoMonteiro Lobato
Alexander John EllisAlexander John Ellis

Ferenc KazinczyFerenc Kazinczy
Andrew MelvilleAndrew Melville
Lennart HellsingLennart Hellsing

André BrinkAndré Brink
(South African)
Bartolomé MitreBartolomé Mitre
Jean-François LyotardJean-François Lyotard

Mărgărita Miller-VerghyMărgărita Miller-Verghy
Păstorel TeodoreanuPăstorel Teodoreanu
Ștefan BaciuȘtefan Baciu

Ștefan Octavian IosifȘtefan Octavian Iosif

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