Marcel Cohen

Cohen, Marcel


Born Feb. 6, 1884, in Paris. French linguist. Member of the Communist Party of France.

Cohen graduated from the University of Paris (Sorbonne, 1911). He became a professor at the School of Living Oriental Languages in 1926. Cohen’s chief works were devoted to the Hamito-Semitic languages (The Arabic Language of the Algerian Jews, 1912; The Semitic Verbal System and the Expression of Time, 1924). Cohen was also concerned with sociolinguistic problems (On Questions of the Sociology of Language, 1956; Modern Linguistics and Idealism, 1958), the theory and history of the writing and culture of French speech, and the history of the French literary language. Cohen was coeditor (with A. Meillet) of the reference work Languages of the World (1924; 2nd ed, 1952).


Traité de langue amharique. Paris, 1936.
Essai comparatifsur le vocabulaire et laphonétique du chamito-sémitique. Paris, 1947.
Le Langage, structure et évolution. Paris, 1950.
Pour une Sociologie du langage. Paris, 1956.
La Grande Invention de l’écriture et son évolution [vols. 1–3]. Paris, 1958. Histoire d’une langue: le français, 3rd ed. Paris, 1967.


M. Cohen: Cinquante années de recherches. Rééditions et éditions d’études diverses. Paris, 1955. (With complete bibliography.)
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There are also a few references to "classical" authors like Gesenius, Brockelmann, and Marcel Cohen as well as to some modern theoreticians in phonetics and phonology.
asks Marcel Cohen in the first pages of his latest book.
The moment that each of them visits is seventy years in the past, at a time when Marcel Cohen himself was five years old, in Paris under the Occupation.
Ses provocations n'ont pas ete pour peu dans la creation, a ce moment-la, a Paris, de la SELF, Societe d'Etude de la Langue francaise, soutenue par Jean Dubois, Henri Mitterand et moi meme ; groupe oU l'on se servait soi-meme, un SELF, qui devait fonctionner librement comme lieu de discussion et de partage des connaissances, apres-mais a l'epoque, nous en ignorions l'existence--les Cercles de Petersbourg, de Prague ou de New York ; ou le Groupe marxiste anime a Paris par Marcel Cohen.
But as he explains to Marcel Cohen, in From the Desert to the Book, we cannot write in the same manner as before: "One has to write out of that break, out of that unceasingly revived wound" (DB 62).
The name of God is the juxtaposition of all the words in the language," Edmond Jabes reminds Marcel Cohen.
Any conflict will inevitably lead to higher pump prices, said Dr Marcel Cohen, of the Imperial College Business School in London.
Any conflict will inevitably lead to higher pump prices, said Dr Marcel Cohen, from the Imperial College Business School in London.
For Marcel Cohen, it is only in the play of those tensions and that multiplicity that we may come to recognize who we are.
MARCEL COHEN wrote this text in 1981 in Ladino (Judeo-Spanish, or Djudyo, the language of the Sephardic Jews exiled from Spain in 1492), addressing it to his friend, the Spanish painter Antonio Saura (1930-98).
In fact, "Notes" is the title of a recent speech Marcel Cohen gave to art students who might have been pondering the senselessness of the contemporary world and their despair in what, he advised, might be the unacknowledged meaning of their art (see WLT 75:3-4, pp.
Fear, solitude, the unforeseen, the unknowable, human life as expendable and superfluous (evil), existential dispossession: these are but some of the unsettling problems--in which humanity's fragility and grandeur are to be found--that Marcel Cohen has treated in his startlingly beautiful fictions.