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 579,357 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Roman Jakobson is the 4th most popular linguist, the 75th most popular biography from Russia (up from 79th 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 4 out of 160Before him are Ferdinand de Saussure, Noam Chomsky, and Max Müller. After him are William James Sidis, Mahmud al-Kashgari, Mesrop Mashtots, Patanjali, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Franz Bopp, Edward Sapir, and August Schleicher.

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Among people born in 1896, Roman Jakobson ranks 9Before him are Wallis Simpson, Georgy Zhukov, Lev Vygotsky, André Breton, Imre Nagy, and Tristan Tzara. After him are Antonin Artaud, Trygve Lie, Konstantin Rokossovsky, Klement Gottwald, Andrei Zhdanov, and Oswald Mosley. Among people deceased in 1982, Roman Jakobson ranks 10Before him are Romy Schneider, Ingrid Bergman, Carl Orff, Henry Fonda, Grace Kelly, and Anna Freud. After him are Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Philip K. Dick, Erving Goffman, Arthur Rubinstein, Vasily Chuikov, and Barack Obama Sr..

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Roman Jakobson ranks 75 out of 2,688Before him are Peter II of Russia (1715), Ivan III of Russia (1440), Anna Pavlova (1881), Andrei Rublev (1360), Peter Carl Fabergé (1846), and Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia (1904). After him are Mikhail Kutuzov (1745), Alexander Scriabin (1871), Ivan Konev (1897), Stanislav Petrov (1939), Michael of Russia (1596), and Wilhelm Wien (1864).

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), Andrey Zaliznyak (1935), Sergei Starostin (1953), and Ivan Kuratov (1839).