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The Place of WordsThe Académie Française and Its Dictionary during an Age of Revolution$
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Michael P. Fitzsimmons

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190644536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190644536.001.0001

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The Unexpected Appearance of a New Dictionary

The Unexpected Appearance of a New Dictionary

(p.123) 6 The Unexpected Appearance of a New Dictionary
The Place of Words

Michael P. Fitzsimmons

Oxford University Press

The deficiencies of the fifth edition encouraged another Parisian publisher, Nicolas Moutardier, to bring out a new edition of the dictionary. Moutardier and a partner published the new edition during germinal year X (March–April 1802) under the title Dictionnaire de l’Académie Françoise, nouvelle édition. The holders of the rights to the fifth edition, Martin Bossange and two associates, appealed to the government for redress and the Minister of the Interior, Jean-Antoine Chaptal, advised them to go to court. They did, initiating what would become protracted litigation during which the government sought to help Bossange and his partners. The regime used the trials to assert its control of language through the dictionary. Ultimately, based primarily on the title of the new edition, Bossange and his associates prevailed; this was the outcome the government desired because allowing the publication of other editions would weaken its control of language.

Keywords:   Nicolas Moutardier, Jean-Charles Laveaux, Adrien Leclère, Martin Bossange, Jean-Marie Besson, Joseph-René Masson, Jean-Antoine Chaptal, Napoleon Bonaparte, Philippe-Antoine Merlin

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