Edward Sapir

1884 - 1939

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Edward Sapir (; January 26, 1884 – February 4, 1939) was an American Jewish 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. He studied Germanic linguistics at Columbia, where he came under the influence of Franz Boas, who inspired him to work on Native American languages. While finishing his Ph.D. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward Sapir has received more than 412,688 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Edward Sapir is the 11th most popular linguist (up from 12th in 2019), the 112th most popular biography from Poland (up from 140th 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 11 out of 160Before him are William James Sidis, Mahmud al-Kashgari, Mesrop Mashtots, Patanjali, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, and Franz Bopp. After him are August Schleicher, Johann Martin Schleyer, Georges Dumézil, Pāṇini, Kūkai, and Rasmus Rask.

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Among people born in 1884, Edward Sapir ranks 23Before him are Auguste Piccard, Hermann Rorschach, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Theodor Svedberg, Lion Feuchtwanger, and Casimir Funk. After him are Otto Fritz Meyerhof, Friedrich Bergius, Rudolf Bultmann, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Emil Jannings, and Vincent Auriol. Among people deceased in 1939, Edward Sapir ranks 13Before him are W. B. Yeats, Joseph Roth, Eugen Bleuler, Werner von Fritsch, Anton Makarenko, and Douglas Fairbanks. After him are Karl Radek, Philipp Scheidemann, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, Matthias Sindelar, Ferdinand von Lindemann, and Anthony Fokker.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Edward Sapir ranks 112 out of 1,231Before him are Kurt Student (1890), Anna Jagiellon (1523), Otto Liman von Sanders (1855), Alfred von Tirpitz (1849), Fred Zinnemann (1907), and Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860). After him are Angelus Silesius (1624), Karl Hanke (1903), Alfred Döblin (1878), Leopold Kronecker (1823), Osip Mandelstam (1891), and Stefan Banach (1892).

Among LINGUISTS In Poland

Among linguists born in Poland, Edward Sapir ranks 1After him are Jan Baudouin de Courtenay (1845) and Friedrich von Adelung (1768).