Article published in:History of Linguistics 2011: Selected Papers from the 12th International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ICHoLS XII), Saint Petersburg, 28 August - 2 September 2011
Edited by Vadim Kasevich, Yuri A. Kleiner and Patrick Sériot
[Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 123] 2014
► pp. 13–25
Qui a écrit la Grammaire générale et raisonnée?
This article ponders the identity of the author of the Grammaire générale et raisonnée (GGR): the book was published anonymously in 1660, but it is well-known that the authors are Antoine Arnauld and Claude Lancelot. In the Preface, Lancelot claims to be simply the secretary of Arnauld. In fact, an extensive review of the text and of its context shows that Lancelot’s contribution is greater than he had claimed. The almost exclusive use of “Je” (“I”) to put forward the most original theoretical points as well as many cross references between GGR and Lancelot’s Nouvelle Méthode latine and Nouvelle Méthode grecque are evidence that he was the real author of the book. Lancelot had fully endorsed the proposals of Arnauld and stated them with the greatest conviction, even if he brought some nuances to the editions of 1664 and 1676.
Published online: 29 August 2014
Arnauld, Antoine & Claude Lancelot
Lakoff, Robin T.