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Zellig Harris
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Zellig Harris

Zellig Harris (October 23, 1909 - May 22, 1992) was an American linguist. Originally a Semiticist, he is best known for his work in structural linguistics and discourse analysis. Born in Balta, Ukraine, he and his family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1913. A student in the Oriental Studies department, he received his bachelor's (1930), master's (1932), and doctoral (1934) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He began teaching at Penn in 1931, and would go on to found the linguistics department there in 1946--the first such department in the country. His best-known student at Penn was Noam Chomsky. Others included Fred Lukoff, Joseph Applegate, Leila Gleitman, John Ross, and Bruce Nevin.

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