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Sir John Lyons FBA (23 May 1932 – 12 March 2020) was a British linguist, working on semantics. He was born in Stretford, Lancashire. Between 1965 and 1969, he was the founder editor of the Journal of Linguistics.[1] From 1964 to 1984, he was professor of linguistics at the universities of Edinburgh and Sussex.

Upon retirement in 2000 he moved to France. He died on 12 March 2020.[2]


  1. New Horizons in Linguistics ed. Lyons, Pelican 1972 reprint

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    ISBN 978-0-14-021223-5
  2. "Sir John Lyons 1932-2020". 16 March 2020Z.