Otto Jespersen

1860 - 1943

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Jens Otto Harry Jespersen (Danish: [ˈʌtsʰo ˈjespɐsn̩]; 16 July 1860 – 30 April 1943) was a Danish linguist who specialized in the grammar of the English language. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Otto Jespersen has received more than 189,981 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia. Otto Jespersen is the 21st most popular linguist (down from 18th in 2019), the 101st most popular biography from Denmark (down from 94th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Linguist.

Otto Jespersen is most famous for his contributions to linguistics. He is credited with being the first to use the term "semantics" in a linguistic sense. He is also credited with being the first to use the term "grammar" in the sense of the study of language.

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Among linguists, Otto Jespersen ranks 21 out of 161Before him are Algirdas Julien Greimas, Rasmus Rask, Kūkai, Antoine Meillet, William Jones, and Johann Martin Schleyer. After him are Nikolai Trubetzkoy, Ignác Goldziher, Nicholas Marr, Georg Friedrich Grotefend, Sibawayh, and Franz Miklosich.

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Among people born in 1860, Otto Jespersen ranks 29Before him are Princess Charlotte of Prussia, John J. Pershing, William Kemmler, Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia, Louis Wain, and Ernest Thompson Seton. After him are Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia, Isaac Levitan, Karl Denke, Hjalmar Branting, Vito Volterra, and Grandma Moses. Among people deceased in 1943, Otto Jespersen ranks 30Before him are Leslie Howard, Luz Long, Lydia Litvyak, Maurice Denis, Viktor Lutze, and Infanta Maria Josepha of Portugal. After him are Max Reinhardt, Mordechai Anielewicz, Etty Hillesum, Oskar Schlemmer, Hans Scholl, and Gustav Vigeland.

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In Denmark

Among people born in Denmark, Otto Jespersen ranks 101 out of 893Before him are Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark (1900), Christian Jürgensen Thomsen (1788), Ejnar Hertzsprung (1873), Sophia Magdalena of Denmark (1746), Prince George of Denmark (1653), and Georg Brandes (1842). After him are Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Denmark (1753), Princess Ingeborg of Denmark (1878), Absalon (1128), Jens Christian Skou (1918), Bille August (1948), and Niels Gade (1817).

Among LINGUISTS In Denmark

Among linguists born in Denmark, Otto Jespersen ranks 2Before him are Rasmus Rask (1787). After him are Louis Hjelmslev (1899), Vilhelm Thomsen (1842), Holger Pedersen (1867), Johan Nicolai Madvig (1804), and Johan Ludvig Heiberg (1854).