Article published in:History of Linguistics 2005: Selected papers from the Tenth International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ICHOLS X), 1–5 September 2005, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Edited by Douglas A. Kibbee
[Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 112] 2007
► pp. 197–211
Nicolas Beauzée: La clé inexploitée de la phonétique française
The 18th century, a critical period in the evolution of human knowledge, played a major part in the attainment of knowledge relating to the sounds of language. In fact, an articulatory description of French of an unparalleled closeness to our own would be provided by César Chesneau Du Marsais’ successor in the drafting of the ‘Grammar’ articles in Diderot et d’Alembert’sEncyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné (1751-1765). From his contribution to the Encyclopédie, to his Grammaire généralepublished in 1767, to his articles in the dictionary Grammaire & Littérature(1782-1786) as part of the Encyclopédie Méthodique (1782-1832), the grammarian Nicolas Beauzée sketched out what we may consider to be veritable “strokes” of modern phonetics.
Published online: 28 November 2007