Charles Bally

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Bally, Charles


Born Feb. 4, 1865, in Geneva; died Apr. 10, 1947, in Geneva. French linguist of the Geneva school. Pupil and follower of F. de Saussure. Specialist in general and French lexicology and stylistics. He was also concerned with the general theory of language (General Linguistics and Problems of the French Language,1932; Russian translation, 1955). The role of expressive elements in language is emphasized in Bally’s works.


Le langage et la vie,3rd ed. Geneva, 1952.
Traitè de stylistique franç aise, vols. 1–2, 3rd ed. Geneva-Paris,1951.


[Frei, H.] “In Memoriam Charles Bally.” Lingua[1948], vol. 1, no. 1.
[Biography to 1939.] In the collection Mélanges . . . Charles Bally. Geneva, 1939.
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C'est ainsi qu'on revient souvent a l'affirmation de Charles Bally qui dit que <<nos pensees s'expriment non pas par des mots isoles, mais par de groupes de mots et locutions toutes faites .
De fato, as criticas que lhe foram enderecadas visavam unicamente o Curso de linguistica geral, redigido por Charles Bally e Albert Sechehaye.
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Charles Bally, Albert Sechehaye, Henry Frei entram no debate defendendo Saussure, ou, antes e, sobretudo, a validade da tese do convencionalismo, afirmando que Saussure era, de fato, um convencionalista.
by Charles Bally and Albert Sechehaye (Paris and Lausanne: Payot, 1916), and in English versions (Course in General Linguistics, trans.
His name is affixed to the Cours de linguistique generale (1916; Course in General Linguistics), a reconstruction of his lecture notes and other materials by two of his students, Charles Bally and Albert Sechehaye.
The traditional idea of style as something properly added to thoughts contrasts with the ideas that derive from Charles Bally (1865-1947), the Swiss philologist.