Ghil'ad Zuckermann

Linguist, language revivalist, professor, author, hyperpolyglot

Ghil'ad Zuckermann (Hebrew: גלעד צוקרמן, (1971-06-01)1 June 1971) is a linguist who examines the relationship between language and identity. He looks at different languages and finds out how one culture influences another culture. He analyses the role of language in politics and nationhood, and the dynamics between language, religion and society. He discovers the origins of words. He figures out how new words enter a language. He investigates words that come from several sources at the same time.

Ghil'ad Zuckermann
Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann (in 2011)
Born (1971-06-01) 1 June 1971 (age 52)
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
St Hugh's College, Oxford
University of Cambridge
Churchill College, Cambridge
Tel Aviv University
United World College of the Adriatic
Known forSuggesting that Israeli Hebrew is based at the same time on Hebrew, Yiddish and other languages,
Classifying words that are borrowed from another language in a hidden way,
Phono-semantic matching,
Language revival and wellbeing
Scientific career
Language revival
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
Churchill College, Cambridge
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Weizmann Institute of Science
University of Texas at Austin
University of Queensland
National University of Singapore
Middlebury College
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center
The University of Adelaide

He is "a leading world expert in language revival".[1] He reclaims languages that are no longer spoken.[2][3] He believes that reviving languages is good, beautiful and helpful.[4] He suggests that we should compensate people whose mother tongue was "killed".[5] He also believes that we should make indigenous tongues the official languages of their region, and that we should have official signs in several languages at the same time.[5]

He knows a lot about the revival of the Hebrew language. He was interviewed about it by Stephen Fry.[6]

He gives lectures at the University of Adelaide in Australia. He also teaches students from all over the world in an online course that he created on Language Revival: Securing the Future of Endangered Languages.[7] In this course he had more than 20,000 learners from 190 different countries.[8]

He was born in Tel Aviv on 1 June 1971. He studied at the University of Oxford (St Hugh's College), University of Cambridge (Churchill College), Tel Aviv University and United World College of the Adriatic.[9]

He speaks many languages.[10]

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  1. "Australian Dance Theatre". The Beginning of Nature. Archived from the original on March 13, 2018. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  2. "Voices of the land". In Port Augusta, an Israeli linguist is helping the Barngarla people reclaim their language / Anna Goldsworthy, The Monthly, September 2014. September 2014. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  3. "Starting from scratch: Aboriginal group reclaims lost language". With the help of a linguistics professor, Barngarla, which has not been spoken for 60 years, is being pieced together, Al Jazeera, John Power, June 29, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  4. "Babbel: Why Revive A Dead Language?". Interview with Prof. Ghil'ad Zuckermann. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Adelaide Festival of Ideas 2018". Should we reclaim dead languages?. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  6. Fry's Planet Word: Stephen Fry is asking Ghil'ad Zuckermann questions about the revival of the Hebrew language.
  7. "edX". Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  8. University of Adelaide, Researcher Profile - Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages, checked on November 22, 2020.
  9. "Vivid Sydney (Light, Music and Ideas)". Speaker: Prof. Ghil'ad Zuckermann. Archived from the original on June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  10. "Meet Ghil'ad Zuckermann, master of 11 languages". Pedestrian TV. 19 October 2015. Retrieved June 6, 2018.

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