László Antal

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László Antal
Born (1930-06-25)25 June 1930
Szob, Hungary
Died January 1993 (1993-02) (aged 62)
Residence Zebegény
Manassas, VA
Citizenship Hungary
Nationality Hungarian
Fields Linguistics
Structural linguistics
Institutions Department of General Linguistics, ELTE, Budapest
Alma mater Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)
Known for Structural linguistics
Influences Lajos Tamás
Influenced László Kálmán

László Antal (Szob, Hungary, 25 June 1930 – Washington,[1] January 1993) was a Hungarian linguist, structuralist, Doctor of Science (1981), and Professor of Linguistics. He was considered the sole representative of structural linguistics in America in Hungary. He adapted American structuralism to the Hungarian language. He was a lone wolf in Hungarian linguistics.


In 1962 he was awarded a Ford Scholarship to the United States in the academic years of 1964-1965. He was a Visiting Professor in Berlin between 1981 & 1986. He left Hungary first for Germany then for the United States in 1985 when he was appointed to the Head of the General Linguistics Department in ELTE in Budapest. He settled in Manassas, Virginia. He was a Professor in the Foreign Service Institute and an advisor at the Jamestown Foundation. He died of a heart attack in 1993. He spoke several languages, such as English, German, Russian, French, Albanian, Arabic, and Indonesian, fluently.


  1. ^ "László Antal, Dr." (in Hungarian). Geni. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 

Selected works[edit]

This bibliography contains only the works that were published in English.


  • Antal, László 1963: Questions of Meaning, Mouton, The Hague.
  • Antal, László 1964: Content, Meaning, and Understanding, Mouton. The Hague.