Tomás Navarro Tomás

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Tomás Navarro Tomás (12 April 1884 – 16 September 1979) was a Spanish writer and linguist, specializing in phonetics and the history of metrics. He was exiled to the United States after the Spanish civil war.[1]


Born in La Roda, Albacete,[2] he studied philosophy at the University of Valencia before studying under Ramón Menéndez Pidal at the Universidad Central de Madrid, gaining his PhD in Romance philology in 1908. After further study in France, Germany, and Switzerland, he was appointed professor at the Center for Historical Studies in Madrid.[3]

In 1930 he became Professor of Phonetics at the University of Madrid. As acting director of the National Library of Spain during the Spanish Civil War. He saved books from being destroyed in the bombing of the city.

Exiled via France to America in 1939, he taught Spanish philology at Columbia University.


  • (ed.) Las moradas by Teresa of Ávila.
  • Manual de pronunciación española, 1918
  • Manual de entonación española, 1944.
  • Estudios de fonología español, 1946. Translated by Richard D. Abraham as Studies in Spanish phonology, 1968.
  • Métrica española, 1956


  1. ^ Carlos Mondragón (2010). Like Leaven in the Dough: Protestant Social Thought in Latin America, 1920–1950. Lexington Books. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-61147-057-4. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Leoncio López-Ocón, Tomás Navarro Tomás
  3. ^ Francisco Arias Solis, Tomás Navarro Tomás