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Afula, British Mandate of Palestine (now Israel)
Thomas Givon (also known as Talmy Givón) (born June 22, 1936) is a linguist and writer. He is one of the founders of functionalism in linguistics. He is one of the founders of the linguistics department at the University of Oregon based on his functional-adaptive approach to language and communication.
His work covers many language areas (Semitic, African, Amerindian, Austronesian, Papuan, Sino-Tibetan, Indo-European), as well as many areas of theoretical linguistics: (syntax, semantics, pragmatics, second language acquisition, pidgins & creoles, discourse & text linguistics, methodology & philosophy of science, philosophy of language, typology & language universals, grammaticalization & historical syntax, cognitive science, language evolution).
Givón earned his bachelor of science cum laude in agriculture from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1959. Attending UCLA, he received a Master of Science degree in horticulture in 1962, a C.Phil in Plant Biochemistry, a master of arts in linguistics in 1966, and a PhD in linguistics in 1969, as well as an TESL certificate in 1965.
Research Associate in Lexicography (Systems Development Corporation, 1966–1967); Research Associate in Bantu Linguistics (University of Zambia 1967–1968); Assistant Professor of Linguistics and African Languages (UCLA 1969–1974); Associate Professor of Linguistics (UCLA 1974–1979); Professor of Linguistics (UCLA 1969–1981); Professor of Linguistics (University of Oregon 1981–2002); Distinguished Professor (emeritus) of Linguistics and Cognitive Science (University of Oregon; 2002– ). Givón's last general linguistic project was The Genesis of Complex Syntax: Diachrony, Ontogeny, Cognition, Evolution.
Givón's published books include:
- The Travels of Benjamins Adam, (a novel; 1966)
- Studies in Chi-Bemba and Bantu Grammar, (1973)
- On Understanding Grammar, (1979) review in American Scientist vol 68, Sep–Oct 1980 
- Ute Dictionary, (1979)
- Ute Reference Grammar, (1980)
- Topic Continuity in Discourse, (1983; editor)
- Syntax: A Functional-Typological Introduction, (vol. I, 1984; vol. II 1990; revised edition published in 2001 as Syntax: An Introduction)
- Ute Traditional Narratives, (1985)
- Mind, Code, and Context: Essays in Pragmatics, (1989)
- English Grammar, (2 vols; 1993)
- Functionalism and Grammar, (1995) review in doi:10.1515/thli.1996.22.1-2.125
- Running Through the Tall Grass, (a fiction novel; 1997) review in Publishers Weekly
- Syntax: An Introduction, (2 vols, 2001) review in JSTOR 4176888
- Bio-Linguistics, (2002) reviewed in doi:10.1353/lan.2005.0030 and 
- Context as Other Minds, (2005) review in  and doi:10.1353/lan.0.0046
- The Genesis of Syntactic Complexity, (2009) review in doi:10.1353/lan.0.0157
- Ute Reference Grammar, (2011)
- "Seadock: The Boz Trilogy #1", (a fiction novel; 2011) review in The Durango Herald
- "Sasquatch: The Boz Trilogy #2", (a fiction novel; 2011)
- "Blood: The Boz Trilogy #3", (a fiction novel; 2012)
- "Tao Teh Ching", (a historical translation; 2012)
- Michael C. Corballis (2011). The Recursive Mind: The Origins of Human Thought, Language, and Civilization. Princeton University Press. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-691-14547-1.
- E. K. Brown; R. E. Asher; J. M. Y. Simpson (2006). Encyclopedia of language & linguistics. Elsevier. pp. 86–87. ISBN 978-0-08-044299-0.
- Christopher Butler (2003). Structure and Function: Approaches to the simplex clause. John Benjamins Publishing Company. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-58811-357-3.
- Van Sterkenburg, Piet (2008). Unity and diversity of languages. John Benjamins Publishing Company. p. 177. ISBN 90-272-3248-2.
- JSTOR 415547