George Lakoff

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George Philip Lakoff (; born May 24, 1941) is an American cognitive linguist and philosopher, best known for his thesis that people's lives are significantly influenced by the conceptual metaphors they use to explain complex phenomena. The conceptual metaphor thesis, introduced in his and Mark Johnson's 1980 book Metaphors We Live By has found applications in a number of academic disciplines. Applying it to politics, literature, philosophy and mathematics has led Lakoff into territory normally considered basic to political science. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Lakoff has received more than 625,667 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). George Lakoff is the 48th most popular linguist (down from 42nd in 2019), the 2,269th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,911th in 2019) and the 6th most popular American Linguist.

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Among linguists, George Lakoff ranks 48 out of 160Before him are Vasily Radlov, Hesychius of Alexandria, Étienne Dolet, Abu al-Aswad al-Du'ali, Friedrich Christian Diez, and Charles Bally. After him are Karl Lachmann, Vilhelm Thomsen, Hermann Paul, Vatroslav Jagić, Robert Morrison, and Ghil'ad Zuckermann.

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Among people born in 1941, George Lakoff ranks 130Before him are Rached Ghannouchi, Infante Alfonso of Spain, Adrian Lyne, Chubby Checker, Otto Sander, and Mircea Snegur. After him are Gunpei Yokoi, Goh Chok Tong, Ahmed Shafik, Akiko Wakabayashi, Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, and Mario Corso.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, George Lakoff ranks 2,269 out of 15,968Before him are Chris Noth (1954), Dean Cain (1966), Lisa Marie Presley (1968), Oliver Winchester (1810), Joan Allen (1956), and Leslie White (1900). After him are Ken Mattingly (1936), George Segal (1934), Stephen Foster (1826), Steve Fossett (1944), Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. (1886), and William Bates (1860).

Among LINGUISTS In United States

Among linguists born in United States, George Lakoff ranks 6Before him are Noam Chomsky (1928), William James Sidis (1898), Benjamin Lee Whorf (1897), Joseph Greenberg (1915), and Leonard Bloomfield (1887). After him are William Labov (1927), Noah Webster (1758), Joshua Fishman (1926), Morris Swadesh (1909), George Kingsley Zipf (1902), and Stephen Krashen (1941).