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Leonard Bloomfield

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Linguist, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He studied at Harvard, Wisconsin, and Chicago universities. After holding several university posts, he was appointed professor of German and linguistics at Ohio State University (1921), becoming professor of Germanic philology at Chicago University in 1927, and professor of linguistics at Yale in 1940. He played a major part in making linguistics an independent scientific discipline, developing a behaviourist approach in his major work Language (1933), and motivating a Bloomfieldian school of linguistics which was influential until the 1950s.

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