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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. 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 470,103 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia. Edward Sapir is the 12th most popular linguist (down from 11th in 2019), the 116th most popular biography from Poland (down from 112th 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 12 out of 161Before him are Mahmud al-Kashgari, Mesrop Mashtots, Patanjali, Pāṇini, Franz Bopp, and Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. After him are August Schleicher, Georges Dumézil, Algirdas Julien Greimas, Rasmus Rask, Kūkai, and Antoine Meillet.

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Among people born in 1884, Edward Sapir ranks 24Before him are Walther von Reichenau, Hermann Rorschach, Friedrich Bergius, Otto Fritz Meyerhof, Yevgeny Zamyatin, and Lion Feuchtwanger. After him are Rajendra Prasad, Vincent Auriol, Rudolf Bultmann, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Emil Jannings, and Casimir Funk. Among people deceased in 1939, Edward Sapir ranks 11Before him are James Naismith, Nadezhda Krupskaya, Joseph Roth, W. B. Yeats, Eugen Bleuler, and Werner von Fritsch. After him are Anton Makarenko, Philipp Scheidemann, Karl Radek, Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, Matthias Sindelar, and Lucien Lévy-Bruhl.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Edward Sapir ranks 116 out of 1,454Before him are Saint Casimir (1458), Henryk Wieniawski (1835), Konrad Emil Bloch (1912), Angelus Silesius (1624), Jan Henryk Dąbrowski (1755), and Paul Gottlieb Nipkow (1860). After him are Jan Matejko (1838), Mieszko I of Poland (940), Rochus Misch (1917), Alexander Jagiellon (1461), Clara Immerwahr (1870), and Otto Liman von Sanders (1855).

Among LINGUISTS In Poland

Among linguists born in Poland, Edward Sapir ranks 1After him are Jan Baudouin de Courtenay (1845), Friedrich von Adelung (1768), and Albrecht Weber (1825).