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Geoffrey Nunberg (June 1, 1945 – August 11, 2020)[1] was an American semantician and author.

In 2001 he received the Linguistics, Language, and the Public Interest Award from the Linguistic Society of America for his works to National Public Radio's Fresh Air.

He published many popular press books including Going Nucular: Language, Politics and Culture in Controversial Times (2004).

Nunberg began working as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Berkeley and visiting professor at Stanford University. In the mid-1980s he moved to the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center where he worked until 2001.[2]

Nunberg died August 11, 2020 from glioblastoma at his home in San Francisco at the age of 75.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Liberman, Mark (August 11, 2020). "R.I.P. Geoff Nunberg". Language Log. Retrieved August 11, 2020. 
  2. Hurst, Ann (2005). "What Are You Saying?". Stanford Magazine. Retrieved August 12, 2020. 

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