Jan Baudouin de Courtenay

1845 - 1929

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Jan Niecisław Ignacy Baudouin de Courtenay (13 March 1845 – 3 November 1929) was a Polish linguist and Slavist, best known for his theory of the phoneme and phonetic alternations. For most of his life Baudouin de Courtenay worked at Imperial Russian universities: Kazan (1874–1883), Dorpat (now Tartu, Estonia) (1883–1893), Kraków (1893–1899) in Austria-Hungary, and St. Petersburg (1900–1918). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jan Baudouin de Courtenay has received more than 66,076 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Jan Baudouin de Courtenay is the 34th most popular linguist (down from 29th in 2019), the 267th most popular biography from Poland (down from 246th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Linguist.

Jan Baudouin de Courtenay is most famous for his book, "Au-dela de la pensée" which is a critique of Cartesian dualism.

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Among linguists, Jan Baudouin de Courtenay ranks 34 out of 161Before him are Louis Hjelmslev, Johann Christoph Adelung, Michel Bréal, Pompeu Fabra, Jost Gippert, and Friedrich August Wolf. After him are Edgar de Wahl, Alexandre de Rhodes, Bedřich Hrozný, Benjamin Lee Whorf, Vasily Radlov, and André Martinet.

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Among people born in 1845, Jan Baudouin de Courtenay ranks 27Before him are Gustaf de Laval, Princess Sophie of Saxony, José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Infanta Antónia of Portugal, Laura Marx, and Leopold Auer. After him are Mary Ann Nichols, Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover, Isidor Straus, Fernand Cormon, Tristan Corbière, and Francis Ysidro Edgeworth. Among people deceased in 1929, Jan Baudouin de Courtenay ranks 29Before him are Wyatt Earp, Prince Henry of Prussia, Arthur Scherbius, Richard Réti, Franz Rosenzweig, and Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein. After him are Gyula Andrássy the Younger, Thomas Burke, Liang Qichao, Carl Auer von Welsbach, Tanaka Giichi, and Asa Griggs Candler.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Jan Baudouin de Courtenay ranks 267 out of 1,454Before him are Hans-Jürgen Stumpff (1889), Jerzy Kosiński (1933), Stefan Wyszyński (1901), Duchess Maria Dorothea of Württemberg (1797), Arnold Zweig (1887), and Leszek the White (1186). After him are Albert Barillé (1920), Erich Fellgiebel (1886), Ryszard Kaczorowski (1919), Hans Modrow (1928), Jan Długosz (1415), and Carl Gotthard Langhans (1732).

Among LINGUISTS In Poland

Among linguists born in Poland, Jan Baudouin de Courtenay ranks 2Before him are Edward Sapir (1884). After him are Friedrich von Adelung (1768) and Albrecht Weber (1825).