Marcel Cohen

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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.)
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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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.
I had made the same kind of revisions during Frenchman Marcel Cohen's speech, even as I maintained a flatteringly thoughtful expression as if I were immersed in his presentation.
A meditation upon Marcel Cohen's writing develops with insight and considerable tact, imitating in that fashion Cohen's own writerly texture and serving to direct our attention toward a writer who has not yet received the kind of interest he deserves.
It is the ultimate otherness." Or, as he puts it later, in the conversations with Marcel Cohen: "For me the words 'Jew' and 'God' are, it is true, metaphors.
"The name of God is the juxtaposition of all the words in the language," Edmond Jabes reminds Marcel Cohen. "Each word is but a detached fragment of that name" (DB 102).
Any conflict will inevitably lead to higher pump prices, said Dr Marcel Cohen, from the Imperial College Business School in London.
Any conflict will inevitably lead to higher pump prices, said Dr Marcel Cohen, of the Imperial College Business School in London.
"A book whose center lies on the periphery, and which provides nothing to hold onto, would that be sheer nonsense?" 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.
MARCEL COHEN'S latest book offers 105 brief narratives, ranging broadly over the horizon of contemporary experience, both individual and collective.
Marcel Cohen. In Search of a Lost Ladino: Letter to Antonio Saura.
They include short dialogues and notes for essays on the "use of alcohol in times of war" or "with an eye to a systematic study of the pecuniary exploitation of victims." 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.