Stephen Ullmann

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Stephen Ullmann (Hungarian: Ullmann István; 31 July 1914 – 10 January 1976) was a Hungarian linguist who spent most of his life in England and wrote about style and semantics in Romance and common languages.

Born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary, Ullmann achieved degrees from Eötvös Loránd University (otherwise known as the University of Budapest) and the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Ullmann later taught at Glasgow University, at the University of Leeds where he was Professor of French Language and Romance Philology from 1953 to 1968, and at Oxford University. In 1974 he spent five months as a visitor at the Australian National University's department of Romance languages, where he lectured on "Words and their meanings".[1]

He died in London.

Ullmann’s ideas on semantics are said to be backed up by a wealth of published materials from across Europe. In addition, his works were translated into a variety of languages, such as French, Russian, and Japanese, and are said to be quite influential.


  • The Principles of Semantics (1951)
  • Words and Their Use (1951)
  • Précis de Sémantique Française (1952)
  • Semantics: An Introduction to the Science of Meaning (1962)
  • Language and Style (1964)


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