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Born May 23, 1926, in Vilnius; died Apr. 9, 1967, in New York. American linguist. Doctor of philosophy (1951). Lived in the USA from 1940; graduated from Columbia University in 1948.
Weinreich was the author of a monograph on the mixing (interference) of languages and dialects (Languages in Contact, 1953). He was one of the founders of the American linguistic journals Word and Linguistics Today. Under the combined influence of the American (L. Bloomfield) and European (F. de Saussure) schools of structuralism, Weinreich studied the problems of bilingualism and minority languages and questions of lexicology and semantics. He helped in acquainting American linguists with the achievements of Soviet linguistics.
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College Yiddish. New York, 1949.
“[Soviet] Lexicology.” In Current Trends in Linguistics, vol. 1. The Hague, 1963.
“On the Semantic Structure of Language.” In Universals of Language, 2nd ed. Cambridge, Mass., 1966.
“Explorations in Semantic Theory.” In Current Trends in Linguistics, vol. 3. The Hague, 1966.