|Birth Date:||1 October 1762|
|Birth Place:||Slanica near Námestovo|
|Death Date:||15 January 1813|
|Death Place:||Érsekújvár (today Nové Zámky, Slovakia)|
|Known For:||codified the first Slovak language standard|
|Occupation:||Priest, official, linguist|
Anton Bernolák (1 October 1762 in Slanica (Szlanica, a now inundated village near Námestovo), Kingdom of Hungary – 15 January 1813 in Érsekújvár (today Nové Zámky, Slovakia) was a Slovak linguist and Catholic priest and the author of the first Slovak language standard.
He was born to a lower noble family in the Orava (Árva) region. He studied at a grammar school (gymnasium) in Ružomberok (Rózsahegy, 1772-76), and later in Trnava (Nagyszombat), Vienna and was a graduate in theology at the general seminary in Pressburg (Pozsony, present Bratislava, 1787). In the very same year, he codified the first Slovak language standard, which he based on western Slovak dialects spoken around Trnava, with some elements from the central dialects. The language, called bernolákovčina, however, wasn't accepted as a national standard language, although was a milestone in the way to the formation of modern Slovak nation. In 1787-91 he was a curate in Čeklís (Cseklész, present Bernolákovo), in 1791-97 a secretary in the archbishoprical vicar's office in Trnava and from 1797 until his death in 1813 a priest in Nové Zámky.
His language was the basis for activities of Slovenské učené tovarišstvo (Slovak Educated Brotherhood), established in 1792 in Trnava and for movement of Bernolák's followers, which lasted three generations.