List of women linguists

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This is a list of women linguists by their country of origin. A linguist studies linguistics. Here in this list, this is the study of natural languages. These other people are not included in this list: polyglots (people fluent in several languages), grammarians (experts on prescriptive grammar), or language professionals such as translators or interpreters. Those are different professions.

Argentina[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Violeta Demonte Spanish-Argentinian university professor and linguist 1944-06-27
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Alicia María Zorrilla Argentinian linguist 1948-12-08

Australia[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Jeannie Bell Australian linguist
Judith Bishop Australian poet and linguist 1972
Claire Bowern Australian linguist
Kate Burridge Australian linguist
Lee Cataldi Contemporary Australian poet and linguist 1942
Dymphna Clark Australian language scholar 1916-12-18 2000-05-12
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Margaret Florey Australian linguist
Luise Hercus Australian linguist 1926-01-16
Mabel Lee Australian linguist
Raymattja Marika Australian aboriginal leader 1959 2008-05-11
Felicity Meakins Australian linguist
Wilga Rivers academic and writer from Australia 1919-04-13 2007-06-23
Jane Simpson Australian linguist
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Karen Stollznow Linguist, skeptic 1976-08-12

Austria[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Maria Hornung Austrian linguist and dialectologist 1920-05-31 2010-06-26
Herta Maurer-Lausegger Carinthian Slovene linguist 1953-11-30
Ruth Wodak Austrian linguist 1950-07-12


Brazil[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Yeda Pessoa de Castro Brazilian ethnolinguist 1937
Lucy Seki Brazilian linguist 1941


Canada[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Jean Briggs 1929-05-28 2016-07-27
Elizabeth Cowper Canadian linguist 1952
Susan Ehrlich Canadian linguist
Donna Gerdts American linguist
Monica Heller Canadian linguist 1955-06
Christina Kramer Canadian linguist
Julie Anne Legate Canadian linguist
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France Martineau Linguist 1960
Diane Massam Canadian linguist
Monique Nemni Canadian linguist 1936
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Keren Rice Canadian linguist 1949
Pierrette Vachon-L’Heureux Canadian linguist
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Marie-Éva de Villers Canadian linguist and lexicographer 1945-12-14

Croatia[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
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Snježana Kordić Croatian linguist 1964-10-29
Yvonne Vrhovac 1940


Czech Republic[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
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Věra Barandovská-Frank Czech esperantist 1952-08-17
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Eva Hajičová Czech linguist 1935-08-23


Denmark[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Una Canger Linguist 1938-05-14
Helle Vrønning Dam Danish linguist 2000s
Eli Fischer-Jørgensen Linguist 1911-02-12 2010-02-27
Elin Fredsted Danish professor and linguist 1953
Pia Jarvad Danish lexicologist and linguist 1946-07-20


Finland[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Kaisa Häkkinen Finnish linguist and professor 1950-11-17
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Auli Hakulinen Finnish linguist 1941-03-10
Marja-Liisa Olthuis Inari Sámi scholar 1967-08-09
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Tove Skutnabb-Kangas Finnish linguist 1940-07-06


France[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Anne Abeillé French university professor 1962-09-13
Renée Balibar French linguist 1915 1998
1998-01
Denise Bernot Burmese academic 1922-02-04 2016-05-12
Joyce Blau orientalist 1932-03-18
Nina Catach French linguist 1923-07-14 1997
1997-10-25
Marguerite Durand 1904 1962-02-10
Anne-Marie Esnoul French linguist 1908 1996
Clarisse Herrenschmidt French archaeologist and linguist 1946-10-24
Luce Irigaray feminist, philosopher, linguist, psychoanalyst, sociologist and cultural theorist 1930-05-03
Liliane Jagueneau 1950-07-29
Laurence Lentin French linguist
Geneviève Massignon French historian and linguist 1921-04-21 1966-06-09
Hélène Naïs French linguist 1927 2010-02-17
Françoise Ozanne-Rivierre French linguist 1941 2007
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Michèle Perret French writer 1937
Maguy Pothier 1945 2016-05-13
Josette Rey-Debove First female lexicographer in France 1929-11-16 2005-02-22
Mitsou Ronat French poet, linguist, specialist of literary theory 1946 1984-07-08
Marie-Louise Sjoestedt French Celticist 1900-09-20 1940-12-06
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Éliane Viennot French historian
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Henriette Walter French linguist 1929


Germany[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Wilma Ruth Albrecht German linguist 1947
Irmhild Barz German Germanist 1943-07-26
Dagmar Blei German linguist 1940-08-09
Edith Braun German linguist 1921-08-07 2016-10-14
Ulrike Buchholz German linguist 1959-05-14
Brigitte Bulitta German linguist 1966
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Christa Dürscheid Linguist 1959-10-04
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Karin M. Eichhoff-Cyrus linguist 1949-06-22
Christiane Fellbaum American linguist 1950
Linda Fierz-David German philologist 1891 1955
Eva Fiesel German linguist 1891-12-23 1937-05-27
Roswitha Fischer German linguist 1956-01-23
Annemarie von Gabain German linguist and art historian 1901-03-04 1993-01-15
Anneli Ute Gabanyi Romanian-born German political scientist, literary critic, journalist, and philologist 1942-10-18
Rosemarie Gläser German linguist 1935
Gerda Haßler German linguist 1953-07-04
Ursula Hirschfeld German professor and linguist 1953-01-07
Margret Jäger German linguist 1951-03-15
Eva-Maria Jakobs German linguist 1955
Elisabeth Karg-Gasterstädt German linguist 1886-02-09 1964-08-24
Christina Kauschke German linguist 1964
Ilse Kunert German linguist 1923-03-12 2016-05-22
Barbara Kunzmann-Müller German linguist 2000s
Annette Leßmöllmann German linguist and journalist 1968
Rosemarie Lühr German linguist 1946-03-23
Susanne Maria Michaelis Linguist 1962-03-30
Ingrid Neumann-Holzschuh German linguist 1953-10-25
Damaris Nübling German professor and linguist 1963
Gertrud Pätsch German ethnologist and philologist 1910-01-22 1994-12-14
Elisabeth Piirainen German linguist 1943
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Luise F. Pusch German linguist 1944-01-14
Monika Rathert German linguist 1972-07-12
Ursula Reutner German linguist 1975-10-06
Elisabeth Rieken German linguist 1965
Sabine Schiffer German linguist 1966
Friederike Schmöe German linguist 1967
Agnes Schultheiß German linguist 1873-01-09 1959-12-10
Magdalene Siebenbrodt German linguist 1920-05-03 2007-05-18
Anja Steinhauer German linguist 1965
Anita Steube German linguist 1939-06-20
Rosemarie Tracy German linguist and university teacher 1949
Senta Trömel-Plötz German linguist 1939-02-26

Hungary[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Viktoria Eschbach-Szabo Hungarian linguist 1956-08-30
Katalin Fehértói Hungarian linguist (1925-2006) 1925-11-25 2006-05-12
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Felicitas Goodman American linguist and anthropologist 1914-01-30 2005-03-30
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Judit Hidasi Hungarian linguist, japanogist, professor of communication 1948-07-11
Katalin É. Kiss Hungarian linguist 1949-05-31
Judit Kormos Applied linguist 1970-05-11
Terézia Olajos Hungarian linguist and university professor 1941-10-15


India[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Anvita Abbi Indian linguist, scholar 1949-01-09
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Ruqaiya Hasan Indian linguist 1931 2015-06-24
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Yamuna Kachru Linguist 1933 2013
Aditi Lahiri German linguist 1952-07-14
Azarmi Dukht Safavi Indian linguist 1948
Satvasheela Samant Indian linguist 1945-03-25 2013-05-01


Iran[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Carina Jahani Iranian linguist 1959
Katayun Mazdapour Iranian linguist 1943-03-22
Fatemeh Rakeei Iranian politician, linguist, poet 1954
שרה סורודי Iranian linguist and writer
آزیتا افراشی Iranian linguist
مهری باقری Iranian linguist 1945
گیتی دیهیم Iranian linguist
زهره زرشناس Iranian linguist
ویدا شقاقی Iranian linguist 1948
بدرالزمان قریب Iranian linguist 1929
سیمین کریمی Iranian professor and linguist
ایران کلباسی Iranian linguist 1939
مهشید میرفخرایی Iranian linguist
شهین نعمت‌زاده Iranian linguist


Israel[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
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Netiva Ben-Yehuda Israeli linguist 1928-07-26 2011-02-28
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Ruth A. Berman Israeli linguist
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Tamar Eilam Gindin Israeli linguist
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Tanya Reinhart Israeli journalist 1943 2007-03-17
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Tsvia Walden Israeli linguist 1946-10-20


Italy[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
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Maria Gaetana Agnesi Italian mathematician and philanthropist 1718-05-16 1799-01-09
Carla Bazzanella Italian linguist 1947-08-06
Maria Luisa Altieri Biagi Scholar and writer 1930
Nice Contieri Italian linguist 1912-10-19 1965-08-12
Laura Sturma Fanelli Italian linguist 1937-09-01 2011-02-09
Bice Mortara Garavelli Italian linguist 1931-05-18
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Joyce Lussu Italian writer and translator 1912-05-08 1998-11-04
Nicoletta Maraschio Italian linguist 1946
Carla Marello Italian linguist 1952-06-30
Maria Teresa Morreale Italian linguist 1933-07-16 1996-02-14
Daniela Rossella Italian linguist 1955-04-02
Alma Sabatini Italian writer, linguist and activist 1922-09-06 1988-04-12
Valeria Della Valle Italian linguist 1944
Patrizia Violi Italian linguist 1949-08-14
Raffaella Zanuttini Italian linguist

Japan[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Naoko Aoki Japanese linguist
Tomoko Yashima Japanese linguist

Kingdom of the Netherlands[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Helma van den Berg Linguist and caucasologist from Netherlands 1965-05-26 2003-11-11
Marijke de Boer Dutch linguist 1971
Linde van den Bosch Dutch linguist 1963
Melissa Bowerman Dutch linguist 1942-04-03 2011-10-31
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Til Brugman Dutch author, poet and linguist 1888-09-16 1958-07-24
Rosemarie Buikema Dutch linguist 1956-07-31
Jo Daan Dutch linguist 1910-05-12 2006-06-11
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Mariëtte Hamer Dutch politician, civil servant, educator, trade union leader 1958-06-07
Anna Siewierska British linguist 1955-12-25 2011-08-06
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Nicoline Sijs Dutch linguist 1955-04-01
Marijke Verbrugge-Breeuwsma Dutch linguist 1966


Latvia[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Anna Ābele Latvian linguist (1881-1975) 1881-05-01 1975-09-09
Rasma Grīsle Latvian linguist 1922-01-19
Edīte Hauzenberga-Šturma Latvian linguist (1901-1983) 1901-11-24 1983-03-28
Aija Priedīte Latvian linguist 1942-07-03
Marta Rudzīte Latvian linguist (1924-1996) 1924-11-04 1996-07-19
Anna Stafecka Latvian linguist 1953-12-15


Mexico[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Rosario María Gutiérrez Eskildsen Mexican lexicographer, linguist, educator, and poet 1899-04-16 1979-05-12
Yolanda Lastra Mexican linguist 1932


Netherlands[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Marijn van Dijk Dutch applied linguist
Marjolijn Verspoor Dutch applied linguist

Norway[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Tove Bull Norwegian linguist 1945-10-31
Kirsti Koch Christensen Norwegian linguist 1940-12-01
Astrid Sverresdotter Dypvik Norwegian journalist and linguist 1977-10-19
Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen Norwegian linguist 1942-12-18
Ruth Vatvedt Fjeld Norwegian linguist 1948-05-08
Ingrid Kristine Hasund Norwegian linguist 1969-11-24
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Clara Holst Norwegian academic 1868-06-04 1935-11-15
Anne Holtsmark Norwegian professor of Old Norse studies 1896-06-21 1974-05-19
Janne Bondi Johannessen Norwegian linguist 1960
Elizabeth Lanza Norwegian linguist 1951-09-05
Gunvor Mejdell Norwegian linguist and professor 1948
Harriet Bjerrum Nielsen Danish philologist 1948
Anne Steinsvik Nordal Norwegian writer and linguist 1949
Toril Opsahl Norwegian linguist 1976-04-16
Einfrid Perstølen Norwegian psychiatrist 1917-06-15
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Helene Uri writer and linguist 1964-12-11

People's Republic of China[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Zhu Min Chinese linguist 1926-04-18 2009-04-13
Aisin-Gioro Ulhicun Linguist 1958


Philippines[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Josephine Acosta Pasricha Filipino indologist 1945-03-26
Pura Santillan-Castrence Filipino writer and diplomat 1905-03-24 2007-01-15


Poland[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Aleksandra Cieślikowa Polish linguist and university teacher 1936-01-07
Ewa Dąbrowska 1963
Krystyna Długosz-Kurczabowa Polish philologist 1940-04-13 2016-09-14
Barbara Kuszmider Polish linguist, philologist and author 1954
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Alicja Sakaguchi Polish linguist and university professor 1954
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Zuzanna Topolińska Polish linguist 1931-01-09
Anna Wierzbicka Polish linguist 1938-03-10


Romania[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
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Gabriela Adameșteanu Romanian novelist 1942-04-02
Eta Boeriu Romanian writer 1923-02-23 1984-11-13
Nina Cassian Romanian writer 1924-11-27 2014-04-15
Delia Grigore Romanian Romani writer, philologist, academic and Romani rights activist 1972-02-07
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Iulia Hasdeu Romanian poet 1869-11-14 1888-09-29
Rallou Karatza Romanian culture personality / Greek actor and director 1778
1799
1870
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Monica Lovinescu Romanian writer 1923-11-19 2008-04-20
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Mărgărita Miller-Verghy Romanian socialite and author 1865-01-01 1953-12-31
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Olga Murvai 1942-10-10 2011-10-30
Mona Muscă Romanian politician 1949-05-04
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Laura Pavel Romanian writer 1968-10-19
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Laura Poantă Romanian physician, writer and artist 1971-03-10
Livia Ana Tătaru German linguist 1927-07-15


Russia[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
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Yelena Bazhenova Russian linguist and philologist 1958-12-29
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Elena Berezovich Russian linguist 1966-01-02
Tatyana Elizarenkova Russian linguist 1929-09-17 2007-09-05
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Tamara Erofeyeva Russian linguist 1937-06-29
Olga Frolova Russian orientalist and linguist 1931
Elena Kostioukovitch Russian writer 1958
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Mariya Pavlovna Kotyurova Russian philologist and linguist 1939-04-26
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Svetlana Leonidovna Mishlanova Russian physician and linguist 1965-11-27
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Natalia O'Shea Russian musician and linguist 1976-09-03
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Irina Ovchinnikova Russian linguist 1960-05-09
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Yelena Perekhvalskaya Russian linguist 1954-03-04
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Elena Nikolaevna Poljakova Russian linguist, slavicist and dialectologist 1932-05-26
Galina Yershova Russian academic 1955-03-17
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Anna Zaliznyak Russian linguist 1959-09-10


Russian Empire[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Mariya Aleksandrovna Genkel Soviet linguist 1910-05-06 2001-03-14
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Liubov Gurevich Russian writer 1866-11-01 1940-10-17
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Sophia Parnok Russian writer 1885-08-11 1933-08-26
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Elizaveta Polonskaya Soviet writer 1890-06-26 1969-01-11
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Tatiana Shchepkina-Kupernik Russian writer, dramatist, poet and translator 1874-01-24 1952-07-27
Veronika Tushnova Russian writer and journalist 1911-03-14 1965-07-07
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Lidia Veselitskaya Russian writer 1857-03-17 1936-02-23
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Yekaterina Vorontsova-Dashkova Russian author and woman of letters 1743-03-17 1810-01-04
Wera Iwanowna Zinzius Russian linguist 1903 1981


Slovakia[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Želmíra Gašparíková slovak linguist and writer 1901-01-18 1966-12-15
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Mira Nábělková Slovak linguist 1956-03-30


Slovenia[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Metka Furlan Slovene linguist 1955
Polonca Kovač Children's writer and translator 1937-02-19
Taja Kramberger Slovenian writer 1970-09-11
Jana Milčinski Slovenian writer and translator 1920-12-05 2007-04-13
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Ada Vidovič Muha Slovene linguist 1940-03-08
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Martina Orožen 1931-10-12
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Breda Pogorelec Slovene linguist 1928-01-01 2006-07-21
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Alenka Puhar Slovenian historian and journalist 1945-02-04
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Vera Smole linguist from Slovenia 1960-06-02
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Zinka Zorko Slovene linguist and dialectologist 1936-02-24


Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Draga Ahačič Slovene actress, film director, translator and publicist. 1924-07-06
Ksenija Milošević Yugoslav linguist 1933-08-21 1992


South Africa[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
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Dorothea Bleek German anthropologist and philologist 1873-03-26 1948-06-27
Olga Kirsch Israeli poet in Afrikaans 1924-09-23 1997-06-05
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Antjie Krog South African writer and academic 1952-10-23
Dorothea van Zyl


Soviet Union[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
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Anna Abrikosova Soviet linguist 1882-01-23 1936-07-23
Alexandra Aikhenvald Linguist 1957-09-01
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Marina Boroditskaya Russian writer 1954-06-28
Svetlana Burlak Russian linguist 1969-06-12
Yelena Ivanovna Cheberuk Soviet linguist 1925-11-11
Julia Abramovna Dobrovol'skaja Russian linguist 1917-08-25 2016-07-25
Anna Dybo Russian linguist 1959-06-04
Galina Dzhugashvili Russian translator 1938-02-19 2007-08-27
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Elena Fanailova Russian writer 1962-12-19
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Iryna Farion Ukrainian politician 1964-04-29
Naira Gelashvili Georgian linguist 1947-10-28
Irina Glushkova Russian phililogist 1952-08-09
Liliya Mikhailovna Gorelova Russian linguist 1948
Nina Harutyunova 1923-04-30
Natalja Glebovna Ilinskaja 1958-01-25
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Irina Kobozeva Soviet linguist
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Margarita Kozhina Russian linguist 1925-08-01 2012-08-11
Lada Gennadevna Lanova Russian linguist 1969-02-08
Olga Alekseyevna Lapteva Russian linguist 1931-02-05
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Inna Meiman-Kitrossky Soviet philologist 1932-10-16 1987-02-09
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Elena Mestergazi Russian academic 1967-09-08
Olga Danilovna Mitrofanova Russian linguist 1930-08-25
Revzina Olga Soviet philologist and linguist 1939-04-21
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Elena Oznobkina Russian philosopher and human rights activist 1959-04-25 2010-03-14
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Marina Palei Russian writer 1955-02-01
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Olga Raïevskaïa 1956-07-10
Natalia Shvedova Russian lexicographer 1916-12-25 2009-09-18
Hanna Pavlovna Sokolóvskaya Soviet linguist (1932-2012) 1932-08-01 2012-07-27
Tatyana Tikhomirova 1931-10-17
Natalia Tolstaya Russian writer 1943-05-02 2010-06-15
Galina Varlamova Russian folklorist 1951-01-18
Viktoria Yartseva Russian linguist 1906-11-03 1999-09-27


Spain[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
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Gabriela Bustelo Spanish author and translator 1962
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Maria Teresa Cabré Spanish linguist 1947
Carmina Pleyan i Cerdà Spanish linguist (1917-2011) 1917 2011-02-24
Victoria Cirlot Spanish historian 1955
Patricia Esteban Erlés Spanish 1972
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Carme Forcadell Writer and professor of Catalan language and literature 1956
Montserrat Meya Llopart Spanish linguist 1948
Neus Moly i Martí Spanish Esperantist, linguist and educationist (1944-2005) 1944 2005-11-19
Yvonne Griley i Martínez Spanish linguist and philologist 1964
María Moliner Spanish lexicographer 1900-03-30 1981-01-21
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Teresa Moure writer 1969
Mila Segarra i Neira Spanish linguist, philologist and professor 1950
Gemma Rigau i Oliver Spanish linguist, philologist and professor 1948-11-13
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Lourdes Oñederra writer and linguist 1958-06-09
Maria Josep Cuenca Ordinyana Spanish linguist and professor 1964
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María Goyri de Menéndez Pidal Spanish hispanist 1873 1955
Blanca Serra i Puig Spanish linguist and historian 1942
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Esther Regina Spanish actress 2000s
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Immaculada Cerdà Sanchis 1965-05-17
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Carmen Caffarel Serra Spanish linguist 1953
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Miren Azkarate Villar Spanish politician 1955-11-27


Sweden[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Christina Berger Swedish writer 1784-08-21 1852-05-25
Anna Bülow writer, translator, abbess 1519
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Inger Edelfeldt Swedish writer 1956
Elisabet Engdahl Swedish linguist 1949-04-10
Hanna Fahl Swedish writer 1978-10-23
Cecilia Falk Swedish Scandinavian studies scholar 1960-08-24
Karin Lannby Swedish actress, translator, journalist, poet and spy 1916-04-13 2007-11-19
Cecilia Milow Swedish writer and translator 1856 1946
Brigitte Mral German rhetoric theorist 1953
Gun Widmark Swedish linguist 1920-07-31 2013-10-26


Switzerland[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Marie-José Béguelin Swiss linguist 1949-07-21
Princess Fadia of Egypt Egyptian princess 1943-12-15 2002-12-28
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Valérie de Gasparin Swiss woman of letters 1813-09-13 1894-06-16
Hannelore Lee-Jahnke Swiss linguist 1945
Lorenza Mondada Swiss linguist 1963
Catherine Trümpy Swiss classical philologist and linguist 1956-01-08


Turkey[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Zeynep Ergun Turkish linguist 1956
Zeynep Korkmaz Scientist 1922-07-05
Jaklin Kornfilt Linguist
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Sevin Okyay Turkish writer and translator 1942
A. Sumru Özsoy Turkish academic and linguist
Ekin Tunçay Turan Turkish actress


United Kingdom[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Lilias Armstrong British phonetician 1882-09-29 1937-12-09
Sue Blackwell British linguist 2000s
Mary Boyce British academic 1920-08-02 2006-04-04
Eliza Marian Butler English scholar of German; linguist and intellectual historian 1885-12-29 1959-11-13
Angela Carter English novelist 1940-05-07 1992-02-16
Eve V. Clark American linguist 1942-07-26
Anna Morpurgo Davies British professor and linguist 1937-06-21 2014-09-27
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Margaret Davis British linguist 1942-02-15
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Helen Doron British linguist and educator 1955-11-05
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Jane Ellen Harrison British classical scholar, linguist and feminist 1850-09-09 1928-04-15
1928-04-16
Margaret Hasluck British scholar 1885-06-18 1948-10-18
Cornelia Knight English writer 1757 1837-12-17
Ann Lambton British historian 1912-02-08 2008-07-19
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Lucy Lloyd British folklorist 1834-11-07 1914-08-31
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Bathsua Makin English linguist and feminist writer 1600 1675
Margaret Masterman British linguist and philosopher 1910-05-04 1986-04-01
April McMahon British linguist 1964-04-30
Barbara Reynolds British academic 1914-06-13 2015-04-29
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Vera Rich British poet 1936-04-24 2009-12-20
Elizabeth Sara Sheppard 19th century British novelist, linguist, poet, and musician 1830 1862
Mary Snell-Hornby British-Austrian translator and scholar 1940-04-02
Antonella Sorace British-Italian linguist
Elizabeth C. Traugott American linguist 1939-04-09
Ida C. Ward British linguist 1880-10-04 1949-10-10
Sylvia Townsend Warner Writer, poet, activist 1893-12-06
1893
1978-05-01
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Gladys Yang British translator 1919-01-19 1999-11-18
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Charlotte Mary Yonge English writer 1823-08-11 1901-05-24

United States of America[change | change source]

Name Description Birth date Death date
Barbara Abbott American linguist
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Ann Bannon Writer 1932-09-15
Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig American linguist
Naomi Baron American linguist
Mary Beckman American linguist
Ursula Bellugi American psychologist
Andrea Berez-Kroeker American documentary linguist 1972-05-15
Renée A. Blake American linguist
Joan Bresnan American linguist 1945-08-22
Joan Bybee American linguist 1945-02-11
Rena Torres Cacoullos Linguist 2000s
Carol Chomsky.jpg
Carol Chomsky linguist 1930-07-01 2008-12-19
Jennifer S. Cole American linguist
Jenny L. Davis Chickasaw Linguist & Anthropologist 1982
Ella Cara Deloria Yankton Dakota Author 1889-01-31 1971-02-12
Penelope Eckert American sociolinguist 1942
Suzette Haden Elgin American linguist 1936-11-18 2015-01-27
Susan M. Ervin-Tripp American linguist 1927-06-27
Pamela Faber American/Spanish linguist 1950-02-27
Carol Genetti American linguist 1961
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Jean Berko Gleason American psycholinguist 1931
Adele Goldberg American linguist 1963-11-09
John and Bettina Gorton.jpg
Bettina Gorton Wife of Australian Prime Minister 1915-06-23 1983-10-02
Lisa Green American linguist
Anna Gutto Norwegian actor and director 1977
Mary Haas American linguist; studied historical linguistics, North American languages, Thai 1910-01-12 1996-05-17
Kira Hall American linguist and anthropologist 1962-10-10
Anna Granville Hatcher American linguist 1905 1978-06
Shirley Heath American linguist and anthropologist 1939-07-26
Leanne hinton.jpg
Leanne Hinton professor of linguistics
Erika Hoff American psycholinguistic and professor 1951-10-12
LaVerne Jeanne American linguist
Gail Jefferson American inventor 1938-04-22 2008-02-21
Eliza Grew Jones Christian missionary and lexicographer 1803-03-30 1838-03-28
Renée Kahane American philologist and linguist 1907-12-09 2002-12-10
Frances Karttunen American academic 1942
Shannon M. Kent American linguist 1993 01-16-2019
Roberta Kevelson American semiotics scholar 1931-11-04 1998-11-28
Barbara Ann Kipfer American linguist and lexicographer 1954
Alice Kober American classical scholar and archaeologist 1906-12-23 1950-05-16
Robin Lakoff professor and author 1942-11-27
Diane Larsen-Freeman applied linguist
Rosinalippi-saradonati.jpg
Rosina Lippi Novelist, linguist 1956-01-14
María Rosa Lida.jpg
María Rosa Lida de Malkiel Philologist 1910-11-07 1962-09-25
Portrait of Barbara McNamara.jpg
Barbara McNamara American linguist
Norma Mendoza-Denton sociolinguist and anthropologist 1968
Lise Menn American linguist 1941-12-28
Marie Meyer American linguist and spy 1897-04-07
Marianne Mithun American linguist 1946
Pamela Munro American lingusit 1947-05-23
SusanJNapier.jpeg
Susan J. Napier Professor of the Japanese Program at Tufts University 1955-10-11
Donna Jo Napoli American children's writer and linguist 1948-02-28
Margaret Noori Ojibwe language teacher, poet, and linguist 1965
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Barbara Partee American linguist 1940-06-23
Meredith L Patterson 27C3.jpg
Meredith L. Patterson American technologist, science fiction author, and journalist 1977-04-30
Charsolomon TProskouriakoff.jpg
Tatiana Proskouriakoff American Mayanist scholar 1909-01-23 1985-08-30
Irmengard Rauch American linguist 1933-04-17
Ivy Kellerman Reed American author in the international language Esperanto 1877-07-08 1968-02-07
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Hazel Sampson American linguist 1910-05-26 2014-02-04
Katherine Siva Saubel Indian leader and scholar 1920-03-07 2011-11-01
Bambi Schieffelin American linguist
Deborah Tannen at the Kennedy Center - cropped and black and white.jpg
Deborah Tannen American sociolinguist 1945-06-07
Joan M. Tenenbaum American academic 1945
Miss M. Carey Thomas.jpg
M. Carey Thomas American suffragist 1857-01-02 1935-12-02
Sarah (Sally) Thomason.jpg
Sarah Thomason American linguist 2000s
Marian Robertson Wilson American musician and writer 1926 2013
Mary Yee American linguist 1897 1965
Hiltgunt Zassenhaus German philologist 1916-07-10 2004-11-20
Ofelia Zepeda American linguist 1954-03-24
Jane Zuengler American academic

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Erzsébet Abaffy Hungarian linguist 1928-03-11
Ana Agud 2000s
Jean Aitchison Linguist and writer 1938
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Tamara Akhmedova linguist and professor 1924-12-27 2012-02-24
Artemis Alexiadou Greek professor and linguist 1969-02-13
Jolanta Antas Polish scientist/professor of linguistics/Jagiellonian University/kraków 1954
Manjula Anwar Bengali linguist
Rosa Colomer Artigas 1966-06-05 2013-10-22
Syeda Ummehani Ashraf Linguist 1949-12-26
B. T. S. Atkins Professional lexicographer 1930-02-26
Tista-Bagchi-Delhi-2016.jpg
Tista Bagchi Indian linguist 1964-10-01
Jessie Little Doe Baird Linguist 1963-11-18
Tanja Bakić.jpg
Tanja Bakić Poet, writer and translator 1981-09-14
Giuseppa Eleonora Barbapiccola.jpg
Giuseppa Barbapiccola Italian writer 1702 1740
Katherine Barber Canadian lexiographer 1959
Karthika Thirunal LB.jpg
Karthika Thirunal Lakshmi Bayi Indian linguist 1916-09-17 2008-06-08
Eloína Miyares Bermúdez Cuban linguist 1928 2015
Edith Bone Hungarian aristocrat and writer 1889 1975
Hagit Borer American linguist
Miriam Bras
Rachel Bromwich Scholar on medieval Welsh literature 1915-07-30 2010-12-15
Ellen Broselow experimental linguist
Catherine Browman American linguist 1945 2008
Penelope Brown
Mary Bucholtz American linguist 1966-10-29
Prof. Miriam Butt at Kathmandu University.jpg
Miriam Butt Linguist 1966-02-27
Deborah Cameron British linguist 1958
ElizabethCarter.jpg
Elizabeth Carter English poet, classicist, writer and translator 1717-12-16 1806-02-19
Justine Cassell American linguist, professor and human-computer interaction researcher 1960-03-19
María Catrileo Chilean linguist 1944
Carole Chaski American linguist 1955
Professor Jenny Cheshire.jpg
Jenny Cheshire British linguist
Marion Frances Chevalier American linguist 1902-01-21 1990-02-17
Lina Choueiri Linguist
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin Irish female poet and writer 1942-11-28
Sandra Chung American linguist
Marina-Colasanti-rs.jpg
Marina Colasanti Brazilian writer and translator 1937-09-26
Sara Coleridge 7.jpg
Sara Coleridge British writer 1802-12-23 1852-05-03
Nancy Condee American linguist
Ellen Contini-Morava Linguistic anthropologist
Maria Cosniceanu Moldovan linguist 1935-02-04
Martha Crago Canadian linguist
E.J. Crevels Dutch linguist
Jean D'Costa Jamaican writer and linguist 1937-01-13
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Susie Dent Lexicographer 1967-09-21
Güzin Dino Turkish linguist 1910 2013-05-30
Vitória Diogo Mozambican linguist and politician 1960-01-31
Nancy Dorian American linguist 1936
Rajna Dragicevic.jpg
Rajna Dragićević Serbian linguist, lexicologist, and lexicographer 1968
Dulce Almada Duarte Cape Verdean linguist and former resistance fighter 1933
Ilona Duczyńska Hungarian revolutionary historian 1897-03-11 1978-04-24
Attie Duval linguist and clinician <some value>
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Arienne Dwyer American linguist
Vilma Sindona Eichholz Canadian linguist and Esperantist 1926 1995-07-15
Nora England American Mesoamericanist 1946-11-08
Stephanie Fielding Linguist
Maria Carme Junyent Figueras 1955
Colleen Fitzgerald American linguist
Janet Dean Fodor American psycholinguist 1942-04-02
Regula Forster
Mary LeCron Foster American linguist 1914-02-01 2001-12-09
Olga Freidenberg Russian philosopher 1890-03-15 1955-07-06
Victoria Fromkin American linguist 1923-05-16 2000-02-19
Susan Gal Anthropologist and linguist 1949
Constance Garnett translator 1861-12-19 1946-12-17
Henriette Gezundhajt Professor of French linguistics 1963
Jila Ghomeshi Canadian linguist
Zuzanna Ginczanka.jpg
Zuzanna Ginczanka Polish writer 1917-03-09 1945-01
Eileen Glisan American linguist
Anna Maria Goldsmid British translator and philanthropist 1805-09-17 1889-02-08
Biljana Golubović 1971
María Concepción Maldonado González 1962
Mirian Urkia 1993.jpg
Miriam Urkia Gonzalez 1965
Myrna Gopnik Canadian psychologist and linguist
Sarah Israelit Groll Israeli Egyptologist 1925 2007
Eliza Gutch English folklore and dialect studies 1840 1931
Maria Odulio de Guzman Filipino educator and author
Natalia Gvishiani Russian linguist and scholar 1959-06-29
Joumana Haddad on august 2007.JPG
Joumana Haddad Lebanese poet, journalist and activist 1970-12-06
Rhina Toruño Haensly El Salvador linguist
Nada El Hage Lebanese writer
Heidi Harley American linguist 1969-09-26
AliceHarrisLinguist.jpg
Alice Carmichael Harris American linguist and caucasologist (b. 1947) 1947-11-23
Irene Heim American linguist
Gabriella Hermon Linguist
Susan Herring Linguist 1955-05-27
Martha Hildebrandt 4.jpg
Martha Hildebrandt Peruvian politician and linguist 1925-01-13
Elizabeth Hill British linguist 1900-10-24 1996-12-17
Jane H. Hill American linguist 1939-10-27 2018-11-2
Baroat Abdurahimovna Hodzhibaeva Tajik linguist 1928-11-27
Elizabeth V. Hume 1956-10-29
Jennett Humphreys British writer 1829 1917
Sharon Inkelas American linguist
Nuala Níc Con Iomaire 2010-07-16
Junko Itō American linguist
Ann-Marie Ivars Finnish linguist 1941
Milka Ivić linguist 1923-12-11 2011-03-07
Mathilde Jansen Dutch linguist 1977-03-24
Kasia Jaszczolt in 2009.jpg
Katarzyna Jaszczolt British linguist
Eloise Jelinek American linguist 1924 2007
Li Jinfang Chinese linguist 1963-10
Brigitte Jobbé-Duval Historian and linguist
Elizabeth Mary Jones Welsh writer, called Moelona 1877-06-21 1953-06-05
Maria Teresa Turell i Julià 1949 2013-04-24
Jarmila Kalousková 1908-12-31 1989-04-27
Olga Kapeliuk Israeli linguist 1932
Patricia Keating American linguist
Ksenia Kepping.jpg
Ksenia Kepping Russian linguist 1937-02-07 2002-12-13
Margarit Khachikyan linguist 1949-02-25
Hannah Kilham.jpg
Hannah Kilham Methodist missionary 1774-08-12 1832-03-31
Verna Kirkness Cree scholar and indigenous language proponent 1935
Irena Klepfisz Jewish Lesbian author and activist 1941-04-17
Netkoene.jpg
Net Koene 1946
Katalin Kováts Hungarian linguist and Esperantist 1957-10-16
Angelika Kratzer American linguist
Nataliya Aleksandrovna Kupina
Sally Laird British translator and editor 1956-05-02 2010-07-15
Maite Lakar 1978-01-30
Barbara Landau Cognitive scientist
Margaret Langdon linguist, Native American languages 2005
Vivien Law Law, Vivien Anne, Lady Shackleton (1954–2002), linguistic scholar 1954
1954-03-22
2002
2002-02-20
Jane Lee Linguist and college administrator 1895
IlseLehiste.jpg
Ilse Lehiste American linguist 1922-01-31 2010-12-25
Elisabeth Leinfellner Lincoln, Nebraska circa 1983.jpg
Elisabeth Leinfellner Austrian linguist 1938-10-14 2010-01-04
Rochelle Lieber American linguist
Deborah Lifchitz Expert on Semitic Ethiopian languages 1907 1942
Jeannette Littlemore linguist
Emily Lorimer Irish linguist 1881 1949
Theraphan Luangthongkum Thai academic
Olga Luković-Pjanović Serbian linguist 1920 1998-04-01
Kovácsné József Magda 1942-07-01
Olga Martincová Czech linguist and lexicographer 1945
Esther Martinez Tewa language activist, linguist 1912 2006-09-16
Sandra Lee McKay American linguist
Erin McKean.jpg
Erin McKean Lexicographer, dictionary editor 1971
Miriam Meyerhoff New Zealand sociolinguist. 1964-05-30
Laura Michaelis speaking in Israel.jpg
Laura Michaelis American linguist
Giustina Renier.jpg
Giustina Renier Michiel Venetian aristocrat 1755-10-14 1832-04-07
Halina Mierzejewska Polish linguist 1922 2003
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Vesna Mikolič 1965-02-25
Lesley Milroy American linguist
Zara Mints Russian literary scientist 1927-07-24 1990-10-25
Mary Moffat 001.jpg
Mary Moffat missionary, wife of Robert Moffat 1795 1871-01-09
Jill Morford Linguist
Odille Morison Canadian linguist 1855-07-17
Amalie Münster Danish poet 1767 1814
Carol Myers-Scotton Linguist 1934
Samira Negrouche.JPG
Samira Negrouche writer 1980-09-13
Johanna Nichols American linguist
Shaista Nuzhat Pakistani linguist
Cecile O'Rahilly Irish language academic 1894-12-17 1980-05-02
Olga Obukhova Russian writer 1941-08-10
Arika Okrent American linguist
Els Oksaar Swedish docent and linguist 1926-10-01 2015-12-09
Birgit Anette Olsen Linguist 1944-04-02
Elise Charlotte Otté English linguist and historian 1818 1903
Nina Grigorivna Ozerova Ukrainian linguist
Marija Aušrinė Pavilionienė Lithuanian politician 1944-04-06
Maya Pencheva Bulgarian linguist 1947-05-03
Ellavina Perkins American linguist
Janet Pierrehumbert.jpg
Janet Pierrehumbert American linguist
Alicja Pihan Kijasowa.JPG
Alicja Pihan-Kijasowa Polish linguist 1950
Monika Popiolek
Shana Poplack Canadian linguist
Saveros Pou Cambodian linguist 1929-08-24
Ellen Prince American linguist 1944 2010-10-24
Karolina Proniewska Polish writer 1828 1859
Parashqevi Qiriazi.jpg
Parashqevi Qiriazi Albanian linguist 1880-06-02 1970
Lea Ráskay Hungarian woman scholar and Dominican nun
Martha Ratliff American linguist
Najima Rhozali Moroccan politician 1960
Suzanne Romaine 1951
Jana S. Rošker Slovenian sinologist 1960-05-21
Jane Helen Rowlands linguist, teacher and missionary 1891 1955-02
Fatima sadiqi.jpeg
Fatima Sadiqi Linguist
Dora Sakayan, photograph by Marine Anakhatounian.jpg
Dora Sakayan linguist specializing in Armenian language 1931-01-24
Irene Saunders American lexicographer
Mihaela Secrieru Literary scholar and linguist 1962-03-26
Elena Semino British linguist 1964-09-09
Tamara Shakryl Linguist; activist 2004
Donna Shalev American Israeli philologist and linguist 1964-04-15
PatriciaShawLinguist.jpg
Patricia Alice Shaw Canadian linguist
Judy Shepard-Kegl American linguist
Murai Shimako Japanese playwright 1928
Chintha Lakshmi Sinhaarachchi Writer
Dorjana Širola Croatian quizzer 1972-06-09
Larisa Grigorevna Skripnik Ukrainian linguist 1921-04-21 2004-08-13
Adeline Smith American linguist 1918-03-15 2013-03-19
Eleanor Smith Irish linguist and supporter of women's education 1822 1896
L. Z. Sova Russian linguist 1937-09-17
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Tamar Sovran Hebrew Culture Studies researcher 1948
Salamatou Sow Nigerien anthropologist and linguist 1963-01-01
Katja Špur Slovenian writer 1908-11-20 1991-12-18
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Hripsime Srapyan 1928-12-28 2013-04-10
Paulette Steeves 1955-11-25
Hildegard Striedter-Temps German linguist 1931-01-24 1972-04-18
Thelma D. Sullivan American Mesoamericanist 1918 1981
Merrill Swain language scholar
Eve Sweetser Professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley
Clotilde Tambroni.jpg
Clotilde Tambroni Italian linguist 1758-06-29 1817-06-02
პროფ. მანანა თანდაშვილი.jpg
Manana Tandaschwili 1960-05-22
Marina Tarlinskaja Russian linguist
Elaine Tarone American linguist
Marie-Lucie Tarpent Canadian linguist
Trinidad Tarrosa-Subido Filipino writer 1912 1994
Zora Tavčar writer, essayist and translator 1928-10-02
Svetlana Ter-Minasova in Moscow 06-2015.jpg
Svetlana Ter-Minasova 1938-08-25
Sandra Thompson American linguist 1941-07-06
Erika Timm German linguist 1934
Joan Lee Tu Linguist 1981
Joan Turville-Petre British linguist 1911-05-10 2006-03-09
Josiana Ubaud
Igone Zabala Unzalu
Anna Vainikka Linguist
Jacqueline Vaissière French linguist
Gertrude Vakar Russian translator 1904 1973
Reinhild Vandekerckhove Belgian linguist 1969-01-17
Ludmila Vassilyeva Russian scholar 1942-05-23
Zinayida Mikolayivna Veselovska Ukrainian linguist 1900-07-04 1986-06-28
Olga Vilímková 1960-07-04
Margaret Mary Vojtko American linguist, educator, polyglot, and labor unionist 1930-01-15 2013-09-01
Erika Vouk Poet and translator 1941
Jadwiga Waniakowa.jpg
Jadwiga Waniakowa Polish linguist. 1964-07-11
Marjory Wardrop.jpg
Marjory Wardrop English historian 1869-11-11 1909-12-07
Elzbieta-Magdalena-Wasik.jpg
Elżbieta Magdalena Wąsik Polish linguist 1961-04-25
Lucille Watahomigie Hualapai educator and linguist 1945
Jill R. Webster 1931-09-29
Agnes Wenman, Viscountess Wenman British viscountess 1617
Lydia White Canadian linguist
Rita Morgan Williams English linguist
Kay Williamson British linguist 1935-01-26 2005-01-03
Zora Wolfová Czech translator from English 1928-02-20 2012-11-29
Alison Wray Welsh linguist
Virginia Yip Linguist
Martha Young-Scholten American /British linguist
Annie Zaenen American linguist 1941
Irena Žerjal writer, poet, translator 1940-04-20
Niina Ning Zhang Chinese linguist
Milena Zic Fuchs 21032013 1 roberta f.jpg
Milena Žic-Fuchs Croatian scientist 1954-08-10
Bina Štampe Žmavc.jpg
Bina Štampe Žmavc writes poems, prose and theatre plays 1951-10-04
Բուրաստան Զուլումյան 1953-11-12
Էթերի Թումանյան 1923-10-30
Լիանա Հովսեփյան 1941-07-26
Լեյլա Ստեփանյան

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Falk, Julia S. (January 31, 2002). Women, Language and Linguistics: Three American Stories from the First Half of the Twentieth Century. Routledge. ISBN 9781134786213.
  • Davison, Alice; Eckert, Penelope, eds. (1989). Women in the linguistics profession. Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics.