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William Chomsky

Also Known As: "Welvel (Wolf)"
Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Kupel, Starokonstantinov, Volhynia, Ukraine
Death: July 19, 1977 (81)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Meyer Chomsky and Essie Chomsky
Husband of Elsie Chomsky
Father of Noam Chomsky and <private> Chomsky
Brother of Fanny Naiman and Gertrude Chomsky

Managed by: Abraham Abba (Abi) Litt
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About William Chomsky

William Chomsky (1896-1977) was an American scholar of Hebrew, born in Ukraine, who was a professor at Gratz College. He was made faculty president of Gratz in 1932, a position that he held for thirty seven years. He also taught at Dropsie College, a graduate school of Jewish and Semitic studies from 1955 until 1977. He was a renowned specialist of the history of the Hebrew grammatical tradition, before and after David Kimhi (1160–1235). His obituary (New York Times, 22 July 1977) describes him as "one of the world's foremost Hebrew grammarians."

He was married to Elsie Simonofsky; they had two sons, Avram Noam and David. Noam is the well-known American linguist, activist, and public speaker. David is a physician.

[edit] Selected bibliography

Chomsky, William. "How the Study of Hebrew Grammar Began and Developed", The Jewish Quarterly Review, New Ser., Vol. 35, No. 3. (Jan., 1945), pp. 281-301 JStor

Chomsky, William, How to teach Hebrew in the elementary grades, New York, The United Synagogue Commission on Jewish Education, XIV 295 p. 22 cm. 1946.

Chomsky, William, David Kimhi's Hebrew Grammar: (Mikhlol) Systematically Presented and Critically Annotated by William Chomsky Bloch Pub Co, New York, Bloch for Dropsie College, XXXIV 427 p. 23 cm, 1952 (Available in paperback: 2001 edition: ISBN 978-0819707192)

Chomsky, William. Hebrew: The Eternal Language Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society of America , 1964,c1957. Other edition: June 1975, ISBN 978-0827600775

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William Chomsky's Timeline

January 15, 1896
Kupel, Starokonstantinov, Volhynia, Ukraine
December 7, 1928
Age 32
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
July 19, 1977
Age 81
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States