Petr Sgall

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Petr Sgall (born 27 May 1926 in České Budějovice) is a Czech linguist. He specializes in dependency grammar, topic–focus articulation and Common Czech.


Petr Sgall was born 27 May 1926 in České Budějovice. His father was an attorney and translator from Litomyšl of Jewish descent. Sgall studied at Česká Třebová high school, however he was expelled in the 1942/43 academic year because of his Jewish father. Most of Sgall's closest relatives were killed in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

He studied Indo-European studies, Comparative linguistics, General linguistics and Czech at Charles University in Prague.

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