William Labov

1927 - Today

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William Labov ( lə-BOHV; born December 4, 1927) is an American linguist widely regarded as the founder of the discipline of variationist sociolinguistics. He has been described as "an enormously original and influential figure who has created much of the methodology" of sociolinguistics. He is a professor emeritus in the linguistics department of the University of Pennsylvania and pursues research in sociolinguistics, language change, and dialectology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Labov has received more than 394,836 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). William Labov is the 58th most popular linguist (up from 81st in 2019), the 2,537th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,470th in 2019) and the 7th most popular American Linguist.

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Among linguists, William Labov ranks 58 out of 160Before him are Vatroslav Jagić, Robert Morrison, Ghil'ad Zuckermann, August Leskien, Boris Kolker, and Michael Halliday. After him are Hugo Schuchardt, Germà Colón, Noah Webster, Josef Dobrovský, Jost Gippert, and Claude Piron.

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Among people born in 1927, William Labov ranks 119Before him are Nguyễn Khánh, Carlos José Castilho, Hans Schäfer, Coretta Scott King, Sabah, and Paul Badura-Skoda. After him are Jorge Batlle, Colin Davis, Gordon Cooper, Zbigniew Cybulski, Eldar Ryazanov, and Óscar Míguez.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Labov ranks 2,537 out of 15,968Before him are Harvey Cushing (1869), Esther Williams (1921), Ben Johnson (1918), Paul Rudd (1969), Leonard Susskind (1940), and James M. Cain (1892). After him are Paul Robeson (1898), David Strathairn (1949), Neil Postman (1931), Henry Silva (1928), Philip Sheridan (1831), and Bill Gates Sr. (1925).

Among LINGUISTS In United States

Among linguists born in United States, William Labov ranks 7Before him are Noam Chomsky (1928), William James Sidis (1898), Benjamin Lee Whorf (1897), Joseph Greenberg (1915), Leonard Bloomfield (1887), and George Lakoff (1941). After him are Noah Webster (1758), Joshua Fishman (1926), Morris Swadesh (1909), George Kingsley Zipf (1902), Stephen Krashen (1941), and Charles F. Hockett (1916).