Guy Deutscher (linguist)

Guy Deutscher
Guy Deutscher
Native name Hebrew: גיא דויטשר
Born 1969 (age 4849)
Tel Aviv
Spouse(s) Janie Steen[1]
Children Alma Deutscher; Helen Deutscher
Scientific career
Fields Linguistics

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

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 honours


  • Syntactic Change in Akkadian (2000)
  • The Unfolding of Language (2005)
  • Through the Language Glass (Heinemann, 2010. ISBN 978-0-434-01690-7).


  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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