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Guy Deutscher (Hebrew: גיא דויטשר‎; born 1969 in Tel Aviv) is an Israeli linguist.

Guy Deutscher
Native name
Hebrew: גיא דויטשר
Born1969 (age 49–50)
Spouse(s)Janie Steen[1]
ChildrenAlma Deutscher; Helen Deutscher
Scientific career

He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and was a professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Ancient Mesopotamia at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. He received an undergraduate degree in mathematics at University of Cambridge, before going on to earn a Ph.D in linguistics there. After that he undertook research in Historical Linguistics at St John's College, Cambridge.

Guy is the father of Alma Deutscher, a child prodigy composer and musician.[2]

Awards and honoursEdit

Selected worksEdit


  • Deutscher, Guy (2000). Syntactic Change in Akkadian: the evolution of sentential complementation. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198299882. OCLC 875571581.
  • ——— (2005). The Unfolding of Language: an evolutionary tour of mankind's greatest invention. New York: Metropolitan Books. ISBN 9780805079074. OCLC 57311730.
  • ——— (2010). Through the Language Glass: why the world looks different in other languages. New York: Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 9780805081954. OCLC 727479951.

Edited byEdit

  • ———; Kouwenberg, N. J. C., eds. (2006). The Akkadian language in its Semitic context: studies in the Akkadian of the third and second millennium BC. Uitgaven van het Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten te Leiden. 106. Leiden: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten. ISBN 9789062583171. OCLC 70064010.


  1. ^ Garber, Megan. "Is the Sky Actually Blue?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  2. ^ John Stevens, "Meet Little Miss Mozart: The miniature musician aged seven who has composed her own opera", Mail Online, 21 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.

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