Today in Linguistic History

Historical Events

  • 1906-09-30 Real Academia Galega, Galician language biggest linguistic authority starts working in Havana.
  • 2003-03-02 The first International Symposium on Taiwan Sign Language Linguistics is held at Chung Cheng University.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1575-08-15 Bartol Kašić, Croatian writer and linguist, born in Pag, Croatia (d. 1650)
  • 1588-04-15 Claudius Salmasius, [Claude Saumaise], French linguist
  • 1642-06-20 George Hickes, English linguistic (Old German Philology)
  • 1732-08-08 Johann C Adelung, German linguist/librarian
  • 1753-08-17 Josef Dobrovský, Czech linguist (d. 1828)
  • 1759-10-13 Ecco Epkema, Dutch linguist (Frisian, old-Frisian)
  • 1764-01-01 John Kinker, Dutch linguist/philosopher/poet (Minderjarige Zangster)
  • 1764-02-15 Jens I Baggesen, Danish writer/linguist (Danske V'rker)
  • 1774-06-23 Matthijs Siegenbeek, Dutch linguist (spelling)
  • 1774-09-17 Joseph Caspar Mezzofanti, Cardinal/linguist and hyperpolyglot (understood 70 languages), born in Bologna
  • 1805-10-23 John Russell Bartlett, American linguist (d. 1886)
  • 1813-01-04 Louis L Bonaparte, English/French linguist/senator
  • 1813-08-05 Ivar A Aasen, Norwegian linguistic/poet
  • 1813-11-29 Franz von Miklosich, Slovenian linguist (d. 1891)
  • 1815-03-13 James Curtis Hepburn, American missionary and linguist (d. 1911)
  • 1820-04-16 Georg Curtius, German classical linguist
  • 1820-11-09 Matthias de Vries, Dutch linguist (spelling)
  • 1827-03-08 Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist (d. 1875)
  • 1828-04-27 Gerben Colmjon, Dutch Frisian linguist/publisher
  • 1829-01-03 Konrad Duden, German linguist (Der grosse Duden)
  • 1830-07-17 Eelco Refer, linguist (Dictionary for the Dutch translator)
  • 1833-04-06 Johan H C Kern, Dutch linguist (Sanskrit, Old Javan)
  • 1838-02-16 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African ship's doctor/linguist
  • 1841-07-04 Edward Gailliard, Flemish linguist/archaeologicalist
  • 1843-07-29 Johannes Schmidt, German linguist (d. 1901)
  • 1852-02-16 William Scarborough, Macon Ga, linguist/author (Birds of Aristophanes)
  • 1857-11-26 Ferdinand de Saussure, Swiss linguist (d. 1913)
  • 1858-07-09 Franz Boas, German-American anthropologist and linguist (Mind of Primitive Man), born in Minden, Westphalia, Prussia (d. 1942)
  • 1859-12-15 Ludwik L Zamenhof, Russian Poland, physician/linguist (Esperanto)
  • 1860-07-16 Jens Otto Harry Jespersen, linguist/philologist
  • 1863-03-11 Wobbe de Vries, Dutch linguist
  • 1863-05-05 Frederik A Stoett, linguist (Dutch Proverbs)
  • 1863-09-06 Rodolfo Lenz, German-Chilian linguist (El Papiamento), born in Halle, Saxony (d. 1938)
  • 1865-02-04 Charles Bally, Swiss linguist (Le langage et la vie)
  • 1865-09-15 Nicolaus Adriani, linguist (Middle-Celebes languages)
  • 1865-10-18 Arie de Jong, Dutch linguist (d. 1957)
  • 1865-12-19 Hermann Hirt, Magdeburg Prussia, linguist (Indo-European Grammar)
  • 1868-02-16 Wilhelm Schmidt, German anthropologist/linguist (Anthropos)
  • 1869-01-18 Willem De Vreese, Flemish linguist/biblographer
  • 1869-12-19 Eduard Hermann, Coburg Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, German linguist (Homer)
  • 1873-10-22 Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finland-Swedish linguist and diplomat (d. 1950)
  • 1873-12-22 Matteo Giulio Bartoli, Austria-Hungary, linguist
  • 1876-08-15 Aleksandar Belic, Serbian linguist, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1960)
  • 1879-07-03 Alfred Korzybski, Polish linguist (d. 1950)
  • 1881-06-01 Charles Kay Ogden, English writer and linguist (d. 1957)
  • 1882-01-12 Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist/etymologist
  • 1884-01-26 Edward Sapir, Germany, linguist/antropologist (indians)
  • 1887-02-24 Mary Ellen Chase, US linguistic/author (White Gate)
  • 1887-04-01 Leonard Bloomfield, US linguist
  • 1891-08-02 Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian, linguist (d. 1971)
  • 1892-05-16 Coenraad B van Haeringen, linguist/etymologist (Dutch Dictionary)
  • 1894-04-20 Martinus Nijhoff, poet/interpreter/linguistic (spelling)
  • 1896-10-11 Roman Jakobson, linguist/Slavic scholar (Fundamentals of Language)
  • 1897-04-24 Benjamin Lee Whorf, linguist (or 1797)
  • 1898-03-14 Arnold Chikobava, Georgian linguist (d. 1985)
  • 1899-02-25 Leo J Weisgerber, German linguist
  • 1903-04-09 Willem Pee, Belgian linguist
  • 1905-08-20 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet (d. 1973)
  • 1906-10-30 Alexander Gode, German-American linguist (d. 1970)
  • 1908-02-11 Sutan Takdir Alishahbana, Indonesian linguistic/author/novelist
  • 1908-06-30 Charles Camproux, French linguistic/author (Bestiari)
  • 1909-06-01 Hans Vogt, Norwegian linguist (d. 1986)
  • 1909-10-12 Zellig S Harris, US linguist
  • 1912-06-12 Jameel Jalibi, Pakistani scholar, writer, and Urdu linguist
  • 1912-09-23 Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Pakistani researcher, critic and linguist (d. 2005)
  • 1913-07-25 John Cairncross, linguist (5th Man)
  • 1914-06-03 Eugene Fuller, polymath/linguist
  • 1915-05-28 Joseph Greenberg, American linguist (d. 2001)
  • 1917-12-15 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, linguist and writer of Pakistan (d. 2005)
  • 1919-09-19 Harry Shorto, linguist
  • 1923-09-17 John Rigby Hale, British linguist and historian, born in Ashford, Kent (d. 1999)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1928-12-07 Noam Chomsky, American linguist (founded transformational grammar), philospher and political activist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Linguist & Author Noam Chomsky
Linguist & Author
Noam Chomsky
  • 1929-05-04 Sidney Lamb, American linguist
  • 1935-04-22 Christopher Ball, British linguist and Warden of Keble College, Oxford (1980-88)
  • 1937-12-03 Binod Bihari Verma, Indian linguist
  • 1944-06-26 Ruth Kempson, linguist (SOAS)
  • 1947-05-23 Bernard Comrie, English linguist
  • 1950-02-24 G J M Gazdar, computational linguist
  • 1967-02-11 Scott Shay, American linguist

Famous Weddings

  • 1940-01-02 Archibald Campbell Mzoliza Jordan, Xhosa writer, linguist and academic and outspoken critic of the South African National Party government's Bantu Education policy, marries Priscilla Phyllis Ntantla.

HeartWedding of Interest

1949-12-24 Linguist Noam Chomsky (21) weds Carol Doris Schatz (19)

Linguist & Author Noam Chomsky
Linguist & Author
Noam Chomsky

Famous Deaths

  • 0394-09-06 Eugenius, linguistic/anti emperor of Rome (392-94), dies in battle
  • 0440-02-17 St. Mesrop Mashtots, Armenian theologian and linguist
  • 0440-02-19 Mesrop Mashtots, Armenian monk, theologian and linguist (b. 361/362)
  • 0869-02-14 Saint Cyril, Greek monk, scholar, theologian and linguist (b. 827) Called "apostle of Slavs"
  • 1653-09-03 Claudius Salmasius, [Claude Saumaise], French linguistic, dies at 65
  • 1676-10-25 Justus G Schottel [Schottelius], German linguistic/poet, dies at 64
  • 1707-06-24 Kaspar von Stieler, German linguist/poet, dies at 74
  • 1715-12-15 George Hickes, English linguist (Old German Philology), dies at 73
  • 1826-10-03 Jens I Baggesen, Danish writer/linguist (Labyrinth), dies
  • 1832-02-01 Ecco Epkema, Dutch classic linguist (Frisian/Old Frisian), dies at 71
  • 1849-03-15 Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti, Italian cardinal and linguist (b. 1774)
  • 1868-12-06 August Schleicher, German linguist (b. 1821)
  • 1875-08-17 Wilhelm Bleek, German linguist (b. 1827)
  • 1884-08-14 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African shipping agent/linguist, dies at 46
  • 1884-12-28 Gerben Colmjon, Frisian linguist/publisher, dies at 56
  • 1885-08-12 Georg Curtius, German classical/linguist/philologist, dies at 65
  • 1892-08-09 Matthias de Vries, linguistic (spelling), dies
  • 1894-08-16 Herman van der Tuuk, Dutch linguist (Toba Batak grammar), dies at 70
  • 1896-09-23 Ivar A Aasen, Norwegian linguistic/poet, dies at 83
  • 1907-07-06 August Johann Gottfried Bielenstein, German Linguist, Theologian (b. 1826)
  • 1911-06-11 James Curtis Hepburn, American missionary and linguist (b. 1815)
  • 1911-08-01 Konrad Duden, German linguist (Das, grosse Duden Lexicon), dies
  • 1913-02-22 Ferdinand Mongin de Saussure, Swiss linguist, dies at 55
  • 1917-04-14 Lew [Lejzer L] Zamenhof, Polish doc/linguist (Esperanto), dies at 57
  • 1917-07-04 Johan H C Kern, Dutch linguist (Sanskreet), dies at 84
  • 1936-04-27 Frederik A Stoett, linguist (Dutch Proverbs), dies at 72
  • 1936-09-12 Hermann Hirt, German linguist (Indo-European Grammar), dies at 70
  • 1938-01-10 Willem de Vreese, Flemish linguist, dies at 68
  • 1939-02-04 Edward Sapir, US linguist/cultural antropologist (indian), dies at 55
  • 1942-02-06 Wobbe de Vries, Dutch linguist, dies at 78
  • 1946-01-23 Matteo Giulio Bartoli, linguist, dies at 72
  • 1949-04-18 Leonard Bloomfield, linguist/philosopher, dies
  • 1950-02-14 Eduard Hermann, German linguist (Homer), dies at 80
  • 1950-11-25 Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finland-Swedish linguist and diplomat (b. 1873)
  • 1952-05-26 Damaso Alonso, Spanish linguistic/poet (Hombrey Dios), dies at 55
  • 1952-06-15 Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist/etymologist, dies at 70
  • 1952-12-12 Bedřich Hrozný, Czech orientalist and linguist (b. 1879)
  • 1953-01-26 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch poet/interpreter/linguist, dies at 58
  • 1955-03-29 Everard Verachtert, Flemish linguist (I Can Speak Nicely), dies at 81
  • 1960-02-26 Aleksandar Belic, Serbian linguist, dies at 83
  • 1973-05-14 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet (b. 1905)
  • 1985-11-05 Arnold Chikobava, Georgian linguist (b. 1898)
  • 1986-05-20 Willem Pee, Belgian linguistic, dies at 83
  • 1986-09-25 Hans Vogt, Norwegian linguist (b. 1909)
  • 1989-03-11 Johan Fleerackers, Flemish linguist, dies at 57
  • 1992-05-22 Zellig Harris, American linguist (b. 1909)
  • 1994-07-19 Nathan Susskind, Slovak/US linguist (Yiddish), dies at 87
  • 1995-01-19 Eugene Fuller, polymath/linguist, dies at 80
  • 1995-07-30 Harry Shorto, linguist, dies at 75
  • 1995-10-08 John Cairncross, linguist (5th Man), dies at 82
  • 1999-03-31 Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist (b. 1922)
  • 1999-08-12 John Rigby Hale, British linguist and historian, dies at 75
  • 2005-01-08 Michel Thomas, Polish linguist (b. 1914)
  • 2005-09-25 Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Pakistani critic and linguist (b. 1912)
  • 2005-10-11 Shan-ul-Haq Haqqee, Linguist, and writer of Pakistan (b. 1917)
  • 2008-12-19 Carol Chomsky, American linguist and education specialist (b. 1930)
  • 2009-07-11 Ji Xianlin, Chinese linguist and paleographer (b.1911)
  • 2010-01-13 Kalifa Tillisi, Libyan writer and linguist