Edward Sapir

1884 - 1939

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Edward Sapir (; January 26, 1884 – February 4, 1939) was an American anthropologist-linguist, who is widely considered to be one of the most important figures in the development of the discipline of linguistics in the United States. Sapir was born in German Pomerania, in what is now northern Poland. His family emigrated to the United States of America when he was a child. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward Sapir has received more than 552,109 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Edward Sapir is the 17th most popular linguist (down from 12th in 2019), the 145th most popular biography from Poland (down from 116th in 2019) and the most popular Polish Linguist.

Edward Sapir is most famous for his work in the field of linguistics. He is credited with coining the term "linguistic relativity" which states that language influences thought.

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Among linguists, Edward Sapir ranks 17 out of 214Before him are Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Franz Bopp, Pāṇini, August Schleicher, Rasmus Rask, and Kūkai. After him are Algirdas Julien Greimas, Patanjali, Jost Gippert, Georges Dumézil, Johann Martin Schleyer, and Johann Christoph Adelung.

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Among people born in 1884, Edward Sapir ranks 30Before him are Auguste Piccard, Vincent Auriol, Walther von Reichenau, Lion Feuchtwanger, Emil Jannings, and Rajendra Prasad. After him are Rudolf Bultmann, Leo Frank, Max Beckmann, Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, Prince Wilhelm, Duke of Södermanland, and Panait Istrati. Among people deceased in 1939, Edward Sapir ranks 16Before him are Werner von Fritsch, Philipp Scheidemann, Anton Makarenko, Karl Radek, Matthias Sindelar, and Douglas Fairbanks. After him are Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, Antonio Machado, Louis Wain, Ferdinand von Lindemann, Ambroise Vollard, and Alexander Yegorov.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Edward Sapir ranks 145 out of 1,694Before him are Władysław Gomułka (1905), Erwin von Witzleben (1881), Anna Anderson (1896), Zvi Zamir (1925), Johann Gustav Droysen (1808), and Albrecht von Roon (1803). After him are Paul Gottlieb Nipkow (1860), Ferdinand Cohn (1828), Bronisław Komorowski (1952), Bolesław III Wrymouth (1086), Jerzy Grotowski (1933), and Clara Immerwahr (1870).

Among LINGUISTS In Poland

Among linguists born in Poland, Edward Sapir ranks 1After him are Jan Baudouin de Courtenay (1845), Franz Felix Adalbert Kuhn (1812), Friedrich von Adelung (1768), and Michael Witzel (1943).