Occupation

LINGUISTS

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With 160 biographies, Linguists are the 54th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Gymnasts, Comic Artists, and Fencers.

Pantheon has 161 people classified as linguists born between 500 BC and 1971. Of these 161, 17 (10.56%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living linguists include Noam Chomsky, George Lakoff, and Ghil'ad Zuckermann. The most famous deceased linguists include Ferdinand de Saussure, Max Müller, and Roman Jakobson. As of October 2020, 43 new linguists have been added to Pantheon including Mesrop Mashtots, Abu al-Aswad al-Du'ali, and Germà Colón.

Living Linguists

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Newly Added Linguists (2020)

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Most linguists were born in Germany (28), United States (16), and France (13). By city, the most common birth places were Moscow (7), Paris (5), and Berlin (4).The most common death places of linguists were Germany (24), United States (18), and France (16). By city, these were Paris (9), Berlin (7), and Saint Petersburg (6).

The earliest biographies classified as linguists in Pantheon are Mesrop Mashtots, Patanjali, and Pāṇini.  The concentration of linguists was largest during the Newspaper Era, which lasted from 1700 to 1899. Some birth or death locations for earlier linguists are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.

Which Linguists were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Linguists since 1700.

Linguists are found within the Humanities domain which also includes Writers, Philosophers, Historians, Journalists, and Critics.