Margaret Langdon (c. 1926, Louvain, Belgium – October 25, 2005) was a US linguist who studied and documented many languages of the American Southwest and California, including Kumeyaay, Northern Diegueño (Ipai), Luiseño, and Yuman. Langdon worked with various tribal elders throughout her career on southwestern languages. She compiled the first dictionary of the Mesa Grande language. She was a leading figure in the field of Yuman language studies.
Langdon (née Storms) was born in Belgium and immigrated to the United States following World War II. She grew up speaking French and Flemish. She earned her PhD in 1966 at the University of California-Berkeley under Mary Haas. Her doctoral thesis was a dictionary of the Mesa Grande dialect of Diegueño.
She taught at the Linguistics Department of the University of California, San Diego from 1965 to 1991, where she served as chair of the department from 1985–1988. She was advisor to 17 graduate dissertations in linguistics, addressing such languages as Navajo, Palauan, Mojave, Havasupai, Seri, and others. Among her students at UCSD were linguists Pamela Munro, Leanne Hinton, Cheryl Hinton, Steve Elster, and Loni Langdon.
Langdon, Margaret. 1970. A Grammar of Diegueño: The Mesa Grande Dialect. University of California Publications in Linguistics 66. Berkeley.
Langdon, Margaret. 1974. Comparative Hokan-Coahuiltecan Studies, a Survey and Appraisal. Janua Linguarum, Series Critica, 4. The Hague-Paris-New York: Mouton and Co.
Langdon, Margaret. 1979. Some Thoughts on Hokan with Particular Reference to Pomoan and Yuman. In The Languages of Native America, Lyle Campbell and Marianne Mithun, eds., pp. 562–649. Austin and London: University of Texas Press, ISBN 9780292768529
Langdon, Margaret. 1986. Hokan-Siouan Revisited. In New Perspectives in Language, Culture and Personality (Proceedings of the Edward Sapir Centenary Conference, Ottawa, 1-3 Oct. 1984), W Cowan, M.K. Foster, and K. Koemer, eds., pp. 111–146. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Co.
Langdon, Margaret. 1990. Morphosyntax and Problems of Reconstruction in Yuman and Hokan. In Linguistic Change and Reconstruction Methodology, Philip Baldi, ed., pp. 57–72. Trends in Linguistics, Studies and Monographs 45. Berlin-New York-Amsterdam: Mouton de Gruyter.
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- Langdon, Margaret (1976). Yuman texts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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- "UC San Diego - Linguistics People - Alumni". linguistics.ucsd.edu. Retrieved 13 May 2010.
Finding Aid to the Margaret Langdon Papers, 1957-2001 held at The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.
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