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The Place of Words: The Académie Française and Its Dictionary during an Age of Revolution

Michael P. Fitzsimmons


From its initial appearance in 1694 and through successive editions in 1718, 1740, and 1762, the Dictionnaire de l’Académie Française had risen to become the definitive arbiter of the French language. Preparation of the fifth edition was at an advanced state when the French Revolution began in 1789 but it remained unfinished when the National Convention suppressed academies in August 1793. Seeking to codify the language of the Revolution, the Convention commissioned two Parisian publishers to complete the fifth edition, hoping that it would be a vehicle for promoting the ideals of the Revoluti ... More

Keywords: Académie Française, French Revolution, Dictionnaire de l’Académie Française, neologisms, language policy, dictionaries, Consulate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190644536
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190644536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael P. Fitzsimmons, author
Professor of History, Auburn University at Montgomery