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Bernard S. Comrie, FBA (/ˈbɜːrnərd ˈkɒmr/; born 23 May 1947) is a British-born linguist. Comrie is a specialist in linguistic typology and linguistic universals, and on Caucasian languages.


Early life and educationEdit

Comrie was born in Sunderland, England on 23 May 1947. He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Cambridge.[1]

Academic careerEdit

He was for 17 years professor at and director of the former Department of Linguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, combined with a post as Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he returned full-time from 1 June 2015. He has also taught at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

He married linguistics professor Akiko Kumahira in 1985.[3][4]


Comrie was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[5] He became a foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000.[6] In September 2017, he was awarded the Neil and Saras Smith Medal for Linguistics by the British Academy.[7]

Selected worksEdit

  • The World's Major Languages (ed.), 1987, New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-520521-9. Second edition: 2009, Routledge ISBN 978-0-415-35339-7.
  • Tense, 1985, Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781139165815.
  • The Languages of the Soviet Union, 1981, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Language Surveys), ISBN 0-521-23230-9 (hard covers) and ISBN 0-521-29877-6 (paperback)
  • Language Universals and Linguistic Typology: Syntax and Morphology, 1981, The University of Chicago Press.
  • Aspect: An Introduction to the Study of Verbal Aspect and Related Problems, 1976, Cambridge University Press.


  1. ^ "Bernard Comrie - Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Max Planck Institute. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Bernard Comrie". University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  3. ^ State of California. Marriage Index, 1960-1985. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.
  4. ^ "Akiko Comrie". Loyola Marymount University. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Professor Bernard Comrie". The British Academy. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  6. ^ "B.S. Comrie". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 29 January 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Prize and medal winners 2017". The British Academy. Retrieved 15 October 2017.

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