Day: March 22, 2012

Linguist of the Day: Martin Haspelmath!

We’re delighted to announce that our latest Linguist of the Day is Martin Haspelmath!  Dr. Haspelmath is best known for his work in comparative syntax, morphology, language contact, and linguistic universals.  His tale begins:

I find biographies of people, and especially of linguists, a fascinating subject, and I think it’s a wonderful idea to ask linguists how they got into the field. But my own story does not really contain any surprising elements, at least at the beginning: I got fascinated by languages early on, beginning with a Spanish course on the West German radio (“Vamos a España,” a very easy course in 20 lessons of 15 minutes each, geared to tourists) that I listened to when I was 14 years old…

Does Dr. Haspelmath’s story contain surprising elements after the beginning?  You bet!  Read on at the Hall of Heroes…