LINGUIST List 23.1103

Mon Mar 05 2012

Software: The Great Corpus of French Language Dictionaries

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <>

Date: 07-Feb-2012
From: Rosemonde Mathieu <>
Subject: The Great Corpus of French Language Dictionaries
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Dear Colleagues,

As a publisher we would like to submit an announcement regarding anexhaustive database:

The Great Corpus of French Language Dictionaries [9th - 20th Century] - AllReference Dictionaries On The Study Of The French Language

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

From the Dictionary of Old French language and all its dialects from the9th to the 15th century (1881-1902) by Frédéric Godefroy, that is " theessential element " of Old French lexicography (Georges Matoré), to theDictionary of the French Academy (1932-1935), devoted to modern languageand characterised by an ever more reflexive and well-founded art ofdefinition and by the intention to give a faithful reflection of the 20thcentury, and in everything in between, The Great Corpus of Dictionariesincludes:

-the Historical Dictionary of Old French Language by La Curne de Sainte-Palaye-the Dictionary of the 16th Century (1925-1967) by Edmond Huguet-the bilingual dictionaries, Latin-French (Estienne and Nicot) orEnglish-French (Cotgrave)-the dictionaries by Gilles Ménage (1650 and 1694)-dictionaries that played a part in establishing the reputation of theFrench language, supporting a linguistic policy which aimed to giveworld-wide influence to French culture: Richelet, Furetière, each in itsown way.-the Dictionaries of the French Academy, since the beginnings in 1687 tothe present day, thus representing linguistic policy in France since the17th century.-the Dictionary of Arts and Sciences published in Paris under the directionof Thomas Corneille-the Addition to the Dictionary of the Academy, under the direction ofLouis Barré, took over that role in 1842. Dictionary of the Academy thusbecame a «Universal Dictionary» (Préface, p. XVIII).

Editorial Team:-Director of publication : Claude Blum, Professor at the Sorbonne— Godefroy, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue françaiseWith the collaboration of Jean Dufournet, Emeritus Professor at theUniversity of Paris-Sorbonne nouvelle— La Curne de Sainte-Palaye, Dictionnaire historique de l'ancien langagefrançais depuis son origine jusqu'au siècle de Louis XIVWith an introduction by Gilles Roussineau, Professor at the Sorbonne— Dictionnaires des 16e et 17e sièclesEdited with the support of the Centre National des Lettres.With the collaboration of : Ahmed Benalioua (IRHT, Paris); PhilippeDerendinger (University of Basel); Patrick Gilbert (CESR, Tours); LaurentLeidwanger (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)

Please feel free to contact Rosemonde Mathieu for any further information, orvisit our website at the following URL:

Classiques Garnier Digital6, rue de la Sorbonne 75005 Paris FrancePhone: +33 1 43 26 16 58 - Fax: +33 1 44 41 01 36

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics Lexicography Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): French (fra) French, Middle (frm) French, Old (fro)

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