Joseph Vendryes

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Vendryes, Joseph


Born Jan. 13, 1875, in Paris; died there Jan. 30, 1960. French linguist. Specialist in general and Indo-European linguistics. Professor at the Sorbonne (1907).

Vendryes was a member of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres (in Paris) and the foreign academies of Ireland, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, People’s Republic of Poland, and the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. Vendryes was an advocate of the so-called sociological school, whose point of view was reflected in his book Language: A Linguistic Introduction to History (1921; Russian translation, 1937). Latin, Greek, and the Celtic languages were his primary interests.


Traité d’accentuation grecque. Paris, 1929.
Traité de grammaire comparée des langues classiques. Paris, 1924. (With A. Meillet.)
Choix d’études linguistiques et celtiques. Paris, 1952.