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Robert Blust

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Nationality  American
Spouse(s)  Laura Chang-Blust
Name  Robert Blust

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Full Name  Robert Andrew Blust(白樂思)
Born  1940Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Occupation  Historical linguistics, lexicography and ethnology
Employer  University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Title  Professor of Linguistics;Review editor for the journal Oceanic Linguistics
Education  University of Hawaii at Manoa
Residence  Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Books  The Austronesian Languages

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Robert A. Blust (born 1940, Chinese: 白樂思; pinyin: Bái Lèsī) is a prominent linguist in several areas, including historical linguistics, lexicography and ethnology. Blust specializes in the Austronesian languages and has made major contributions to the field of Austronesian linguistics.


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Robert Blust was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in California. He received a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and a PhD in linguistics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 1974. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and served as the department chair from 2005 to 2008. He is also a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America.

Austronesian Languages

He also serves as the review editor for the Oceanic Linguistics, an academic journal that covers the Austronesian languages. Blust is best known for his work on Austronesian, including a large Austronesian comparative dictionary (Blust 1995c) and a Thao-English dictionary (Blust 2003b). Another one of his well-known works is a 2009 work called The Austronesian Languages, which is the first single-authored book to cover all aspects (phonology, syntax, morphology, sound changes, classification, etc.) of the Austronesian language family in its entirety.

Field work

Blust has done field work on 97 Austronesian languages spoken in locations such as Sarawak, Papua New Guinea, and Taiwan. In Taiwan, he has performed field work on Formosan languages such as Thao, Kavalan, Pazeh, Amis, Paiwan and Saisiyat. His dictionary of the highly endangered Thao language is currently the most complete of any Formosan language dictionary, containing over 1100 pages. Blust also has an abiding interest in both linguistic and cultural aspects of rainbows and dragons.


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