Bolinger, Dwight

Bolinger, Dwight (Le Merton)

(1907–92) linguist; born in Topeka, Kans. A professor of English and Spanish languages and literature at the Universities of Southern California (1944–60) and Colorado (1960–73) and emeritus professor at Harvard (1973), he advanced numerous linguistic theories, including several on the interconnectedness of intonation and gesture in speech. Among his more popular writings on English is Language—The Loaded Weapon (1980).