Roman Jakobson

1896 - 1982

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Roman Osipovich Jakobson (Russian: Рома́н О́сипович Якобсо́н; October 11, 1896 – July 18, 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 603,229 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Roman Jakobson is the 5th most popular linguist (down from 4th in 2019), the 81st most popular biography from Russia (down from 75th in 2019) and the most popular 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 5 out of 161Before him are Ferdinand de Saussure, Noam Chomsky, Max Müller, and William James Sidis. After him are Mahmud al-Kashgari, Mesrop Mashtots, Patanjali, Pāṇini, Franz Bopp, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, and Edward Sapir.

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Among people born in 1896, Roman Jakobson ranks 9Before him are Wallis Simpson, Lev Vygotsky, Georgy Zhukov, André Breton, Imre Nagy, and Tristan Tzara. After him are Konstantin Rokossovsky, Antonin Artaud, Eugenio Montale, Trygve Lie, Klement Gottwald, and Andrei Zhdanov. Among people deceased in 1982, Roman Jakobson ranks 9Before him are Leonid Brezhnev, Ayn Rand, Romy Schneider, Ingrid Bergman, Carl Orff, and Arthur Rubinstein. After him are Henry Fonda, Philip K. Dick, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Anna Freud, Erving Goffman, and Vasily Chuikov.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Roman Jakobson ranks 81 out of 3,262Before him are Andrei Sakharov (1921), Konstantin Stanislavski (1863), Alexander Scriabin (1871), Ivan III of Russia (1440), Mikhail Kutuzov (1745), and Anna Pavlova (1881). After him are Grigory Potemkin (1739), Michael of Russia (1596), Wilhelm Wien (1864), Alexander Borodin (1833), Alexis of Russia (1629), and Mikhail Kalinin (1875).

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), Alexander Veselovsky (1838), Vladimir Toporov (1928), Andrey Zaliznyak (1935), Lev Shcherba (1880), and Viktor Vinogradov (1894).