Robert A. Hall

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Robert Anderson Hall, Jr. (1911 April 4 – 1997 December 2) was an American linguist who made notable contributions to pidgin and creole languages and Romance linguistics.


Hall was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1931, the degree Dottore in lettere from the University of Rome, and an M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1935.

He taught at the University of Puerto Rico, Princeton University and Brown University before he moved to Cornell University in 1946, where he remained until his retirement in 1976.


Hall's work was very influential both in pidgin and creole studies and in Italian linguistics. ...



  • 1943. The Papal states in Italian linguistic history. Language 19.2:125-140.
  • 1948. Descriptive Italian grammar. Cornell University Press.
  • 1950. The Reconstruction of Proto-Romance. Language
  • 1966. Pidgin and creole languages. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.


  • Nuessel, Frank. 1998. In Memoriam: Robert Anderson Hall, Jr. (1911-1997). Italica 75.2: 284-286.