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

Monteiro LobatoMonteiro Lobato
Pier Paolo PasoliniPier Paolo Pasolini

Jamie HynemanJamie Hyneman

Steven PinkerSteven Pinker

Ferdinand de SaussureFerdinand de Saussure
Girish KarnadGirish Karnad

Mikhail BakhtinMikhail Bakhtin
Wilhelm von HumboldtWilhelm von Humboldt

Julius NyerereJulius Nyerere

Luce IrigarayLuce Irigaray

Jean-François LyotardJean-François Lyotard
J. L. AustinJ. L. Austin

Susie DentSusie Dent
John Amos ComeniusJohn Amos Comenius

Roman JakobsonRoman Jakobson

Amos OzAmos Oz

Michael HallidayMichael Halliday
Benjamin Lee WhorfBenjamin Lee Whorf

Edward SapirEdward Sapir
L. L. ZamenhofL. L. Zamenhof

Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau

Muhammad Tahir-ul-QadriMuhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri

Charles-Valentin AlkanCharles-Valentin Alkan
Maithili Sharan GuptMaithili Sharan Gupt

Anne CarsonAnne Carson
Mary SomervilleMary Somerville

Jon EliaJon Elia

Wilhelm GrimmWilhelm Grimm

Dell HymesDell Hymes
Jean HersholtJean Hersholt

Robert BlyRobert Bly
Benjamin FondaneBenjamin Fondane

Yasmina RezaYasmina Reza

Victor KlempererVictor Klemperer

Lennart HellsingLennart Hellsing
Conrad GessnerConrad Gessner

Dimitrie CantemirDimitrie Cantemir
Rahul SankrityayanRahul Sankrityayan

Nirmal VermaNirmal Verma

Michael VentrisMichael Ventris

Niki KarimiNiki Karimi
Erich AuerbachErich Auerbach

August Wilhelm SchlegelAugust Wilhelm Schlegel
André BrinkAndré Brink
(South African)

Max BrodMax Brod

Guillermo Cabrera InfanteGuillermo Cabrera Infante

Wolfgang IserWolfgang Iser
Hermann GrassmannHermann Grassmann

Valentin InzkoValentin Inzko
Alexandre de RhodesAlexandre de Rhodes

Teun A. van DijkTeun A. van Dijk

Sandra RoelofsSandra Roelofs

Bartolomé MitreBartolomé Mitre
Isabelo de los ReyesIsabelo de los Reyes

Alexander John EllisAlexander John Ellis
Andrew MelvilleAndrew Melville

Ferenc KazinczyFerenc Kazinczy

Ștefan Octavian IosifȘtefan Octavian Iosif

Ștefan BaciuȘtefan Baciu
Păstorel TeodoreanuPăstorel Teodoreanu

Mărgărita Miller-VerghyMărgărita Miller-Verghy

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