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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

For 17 years he was 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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