Roman Jakobson

1896 - 1982

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Roman Osipovich Jakobson (Russian: Рома́н О́сипович Якобсо́н, IPA: [rɐˈman ˈosʲɪpəvʲɪt͡ɕ (j)ɪkɐpˈson]; 11 October [O.S. 29 September] 1896 – 18 July 1982) was a Russian-American linguist and literary theorist. A pioneer of structural linguistics, Jakobson was one of the most celebrated and influential linguists of the twentieth century. With Nikolai Trubetzkoy, he developed revolutionary new techniques for the analysis of linguistic sound systems, in effect founding the modern discipline of phonology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roman Jakobson has received more than 756,255 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Roman Jakobson is the 7th most popular linguist (down from 5th in 2019), the 73rd most popular biography from Russia (up from 81st in 2019) and the most popular Russian Linguist.

Roman Jakobson is most famous for his work in linguistics. He was a professor of Slavic languages and literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is most famous for his work on the six functions of language, which are phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse.

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Among linguists, Roman Jakobson ranks 7 out of 214Before him are Ferdinand de Saussure, Noam Chomsky, Max Müller, Mahmud al-Kashgari, Antoine Meillet, and William James Sidis. After him are Noah Webster, Edgar de Wahl, Mesrop Mashtots, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Franz Bopp, and Pāṇini.

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Among people born in 1896, Roman Jakobson ranks 9Before him are Jean Piaget, Georgy Zhukov, Lev Vygotsky, Imre Nagy, André Breton, and Tristan Tzara. After him are Paula Hitler, Konstantin Rokossovsky, Antonin Artaud, Trygve Lie, Klement Gottwald, and Gerty Cori. Among people deceased in 1982, Roman Jakobson ranks 9Before him are Leonid Brezhnev, Ayn Rand, Romy Schneider, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Fonda, and Carl Orff. After him are Arthur Rubinstein, Philip K. Dick, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Anna Freud, and Vasily Chuikov.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Roman Jakobson ranks 73 out of 3,761Before him are Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia (1904), Peter II of Russia (1715), Peter Carl Fabergé (1846), Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861), Stanislav Petrov (1939), and Wilhelm Wien (1864). After him are Yevgeny Prigozhin (1961), Anna of Russia (1693), Paul Karrer (1889), Andrei Rublev (1360), Ivan III of Russia (1440), and Anna Pavlova (1881).

Among LINGUISTS In Russia

Among linguists born in Russia, Roman Jakobson ranks 1After him are Algirdas Julien Greimas (1917), Nikolai Trubetzkoy (1890), Gabdulkhay Akhatov (1927), Igor M. Diakonoff (1914), Yevgeny Polivanov (1891), Vyacheslav Ivanov (1929), Vladimir Toporov (1928), Alexander Veselovsky (1838), Waldemar Rosenberger (1848), Sergei Starostin (1953), and Andrey Zaliznyak (1935).