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THE GREAT CORPUS OF FRENCH LANGUAGE DICTIONARIES [9th – 20th CENTURY]

 

ALL REFERENCE DICTIONARIES ON THE STUDY OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE


The Great Corpus of dictionaries gathers the 24 most important dictionaries on French language, in total about 200 000 pages (2 500 signs per page), 900 000 entries and definitions. It is the greatest collection today available on the subject.


From the Dictionary of old french language and all its dialects from the 9th to the 15th century (1881-1902) by Frédéric Godefroy, that is “ the essential element ” of Old French lexicography (Georges Matoré) to the Dictionary of the French Academy (1932-1935) devoted to modern language and characterised by an ever more reflexive and well-founded art of definition and by the intention to give a faithful reflection of the 20th century, and in everything in between, The Great Corpus of Dictionaries includes :
- the Historical Dictionary of Old French language by La Curne de Sainte-Palaye, "an incomparable tool for the in-depth study of ancient French vocabulary" (Gilles Roussineau).
- the Dictionary of the 16th century (1925-1967) by Edmond Huguet, the reference dictionary for the language of the Renaissance
- the bilingual dictionaries, Latin-French (Estienne and Nicot) or English-French (Cotgrave)
- the dictionaries by Gilles Ménage (1650 and 1694) which make up the second category by themselves; the author gathered a vast quantity of notes related to the presumed origins of the French language (regional and vernacular languages).
- dictionaries that played a part in establishing the reputation of the French language, supporting a linguistic policy which aimed to give world-wide influence to French culture: Richelet, Furetière, each in its own way.
- the Dictionaries of the French Academy, since the beginnings in 1687 to the present day, thus representing linguistic policy in France since the 17th century.
- the Dictionary of Arts and Sciences published in Paris under the direction of Thomas Corneille, perfectly completing the Dictionaries of the French Academy in the fields of the arts, sciences and technics.
- the Addition to the Dictionary of the Academy, under the direction of Louis Barré, took over that role in 1842. Dictionary of the Academy thus became a «Universal Dictionary» (Préface, p. XVIII).

CONTENTS

• Frédéric Godefroy, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du 9e au 15e siècle
• La Curne de Sainte-Palaye, Dictionnaire historique de l'ancien langage français depuis son origine jusqu'au siècle de Louis XIV
• Edmond Huguet, Dictionnaire de la langue française du 16e siècle
• Estienne (Robert), Dictionaire Francois-latin, 1549
• Nicot (Jean), Thrésor de la langue françoyse, tant ancienne que moderne, 1606
• Cotgrave (Randle), A Dictionarie of the french and english tongues, 1611
• Ménage (Gilles), Les Origines de la langue françoise, 1650
• Richelet (Pierre), Dictionnaire françois, 1680
Le Dictionaire de l'Académie françoise, 1687 [Avant-Première 1]
=> de A à Aversion
Le Dictionaire de l'Académie françoise, 1687 [Avant-Première 2]
=> de A à Confiture
Le Dictionaire de l'Académie françoise, 1687 [Avant-Première 3]
=> de A à Neuf
• Furetière (Antoine), Essai d'un Dictionaire universel, 1687
• Furetière (Antoine), Dictionaire Universel, 1690
Le Dictionnaire de l'Académie françoise dedié au Roy, 1694 [Première édition]
• Corneille (Thomas), Le Dictionnaire des Arts et des Sciences, 1694
• Ménage (Gilles), Dictionnaire étymologique ou Origines de la langue françoise, 1694
Nouveau Dictionnaire de l'Académie françoise, 1718 [Deuxième édition]
Dictionnaire de l'Académie françoise, 1740 [Troisième édition]
Dictionnaire de l'Académie françoise, 1762 [Quatrième édition]
Dictionnaire de l'Académie françoise, 1798 [Cinquième édition]
Dictionnaire de l'Académie française, 1835 [Sixième édition]
• Barré (Louis), Complément du Dictionnaire de l'Académie française, 1842
Dictionnaire de l'Académie française, 1879 [Septième édition]
Dictionnaire de l'Académie française, 1932-1935 [Huitième édition]

FIELDS OF INTEREST

Medieval studies, old French, studies on Renaissance, middle french langage, the classical centuries, philosophy, modern times, literature, history, langage history, science of dictionary, lexicography, law, sciences, etc.

EDITORIAL TEAM

Author of the databases: Claude Blum

Godefroy, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française
With the collaboration of Jean Dufournet, Emeritus Professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne nouvelle
— La Curne de Sainte-Palaye, Dictionnaire historique de l'ancien langage français depuis son origine jusqu'au siècle de Louis XIV
With an introduction by Gilles Roussineau, Professor at the Sorbonne
Dictionnaires des 16e et 17e siècles
Edited with the support of the Centre National des Lettres.
With the collaboration of :
Ahmed Benalioua (IRHT, Paris); Philippe Derendinger (University of Basel); Patrick Gilbert (CESR, Tours); Laurent Leidwanger (IRHT, Paris); Laurence Plazenet (University of Paris-Sorbonne); François Roudaut (University of Montpellier III); Chantal Wionet (University of Avignon and METADIF, CNRS)
Corpus des dictionnaires de l'Académie française [du 17e au 20e siècle]
With the collaboration of:
Philippe Derendinger (University of Basel), Laurence Plazenet (University of Paris-Sorbonne), Chantal Wionet (University of Avignon and METADIF, CNRS)