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Leonard Bloomfield

Born: 1-Apr-1887
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Died: 18-Apr-1949
Location of death: New Haven, CT
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Linguist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Structural linguistics of Tagalog

Leonard Bloomfield was among the most influential linguists of the first half of the 20th century. He studied Malayo-Polynesian (Austronesian) languages, especially Tagalog. His work showed that historical linguistic techniques applied to such languages as they do to western languages, and he is regarded as the founder of American structural linguistics. He was a co-founder of the Linguistic Society of America.

Father: Sigmund Bloomfield (hotelier)
Mother: Carola Buber Bloomfield
Wife: Alice Sayers Bloomfield (m. 18-Mar-1909, two sons)

    University: BA, Harvard University (1906)
    University: MS, University of Wisconsin at Madison (1908)
    Teacher: German, University of Wisconsin at Madison (1906-08)
    University: PhD, University of Chicago (1909)
    Teacher: German, University of Cincinnati (1909-10)
    Teacher: Comparative Philology, University of Illinois (1911-21)
    Scholar: University of Leipzig (1913-14)
    Scholar: University of Göttingen (1914)
    Professor: Linguistics, Ohio State University (1921-27)
    Professor: Linguistics, University of Chicago (1927-40)
    Professor: Linguistics, Yale University (1940-49)

    Linguistic Society of America Co-Founder (1927) & President (1935)
    Austrian Ancestry
    Jewish Ancestry

Author of books:
An Introduction to the Study of Language (1914)
Tagalog Texts with Grammatical Analysis (1917)
Menomini Texts (1928)
Language (1933)
The Stressed Vowels of American English (1935)
Linguistic Aspects of Science (1939)
Spoken Dutch (1945)
Spoken Russian (1946)


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