Paul Saagpakk

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Paul Saagpakk (2 September 1910 in Mustjala Parish, Saaremaa, Estonia – 23 February 1996 in Kuressaare, Saaremaa) was an Estonian linguist who compiled a standard reference dictionary of the Estonian language,[1] a work that renders 500,000 Estonian expressions into English.[2]

From 1935, he worked as an English teacher in Tallinn, in 1944 fled the Soviet occupation of Estonia to Sweden and in 1947 moved to the US. He taught English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

In 1996 he was awarded the Order of the National Coat of Arms for his achievements.


  1. ^ Kristopher Rikken (March 1–7, 1996). "Paul F. Saagpakk (2. IX 1910 - 23. II 1996)". The Baltic Independent. Retrieved September 25, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Turunen, Aimo (1988). "The BaltoFinnic Languages". In Sinor, Denis (ed.). The Uralic Languages: Description, History and Foreign Influences. Volume 1. BRILL. p. 81. ISBN 978-90-04-07741-6.