Bernard Comrie

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Bernard S. Comrie, FBA (/ˈbɜːrnərd ˈkɒmr/; born 23 May 1947) is a British-born linguist. Comrie is a specialist in linguistic typology and linguistic universals, and on Caucasian languages.

Early life and education[edit]

Comrie was born on 23 May 1947 in Sunderland, England. He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Cambridge.[1]

Academic career[edit]

He was for 17 years professor at and director of the former Department of Linguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, combined with a post as Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he returned full-time from 1st June 2015. He has also taught at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married linguistics professor Akiko Kumahira in 1985.[3][4]

Honours[edit]

Comrie was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[5] He became a foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000.[6] In September 2017, he was awarded the Neil and Saras Smith Medal for Linguistics by the British Academy.[7]

Selected works[edit]

  • The World's Major Languages (ed.), New York: Oxford University Press 1987, ISBN 0-19-520521-9; second edition, Routledge 2009, ISBN 978-0-415-35339-7.
  • Tense (1985)
  • The Languages of the Soviet Union, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Language Surveys) 1981. ISBN 0-521-23230-9 (hard covers) and ISBN 0-521-29877-6 (paperback)
  • Language Universals and Linguistic Typology: Syntax and Morphology (1981)
  • Aspect: An Introduction to the Study of Verbal Aspect and Related Problems (1976)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bernard Comrie - Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Max Planck Institute. Retrieved 2015-11-21.
  2. ^ "Bernard Comrie". University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved 2015-11-21.
  3. ^ State of California. Marriage Index, 1960-1985. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.
  4. ^ "Akiko Comrie". Loyola Marymount University. Archived from the original on 2015-11-22. Retrieved 2015-11-21.
  5. ^ "Professor Bernard Comrie". The British Academy. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  6. ^ "B.S. Comrie". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 29 January 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Prize and medal winners 2017". The British Academy. Retrieved 15 October 2017.

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