Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN 0302-5160
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9781
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SUMMARYThe contribution of Constantin François Volney (1757-1820) to Semitic Studies has been largely ignored to the present day. Despite its shortcomings, his analysis of the morphological structure of the root in Arabic and Hebrew is much more elaborate than that of his predecessors. It has subsequently been given definitive treatment by Franz Bopp. This rupture of a long, almost unchanging, tradition was due to his first-hand acquaintance with the spoken language and, most importantly, to his method based on the principles of the Idéologie and his awareness of the functional pertinency and the social dimension of language in general.RÉSUMÉLa contribution de Constantin François Volney (1757-1820) aux études sémitiques est plus que négliguée. Malgré ses travers, son analyse morphé-matique de la racine arabe et hébraïque est pourtant la plus élaborée qui ait précédée la mise au point de Franz Bopp. Cette rupture avec une longue, et quasi immuable, tradition est redevable à son expérience de la langue orale, mais surtout à sa méthode, fondée sur les principes de l'Idéologie, et soucieuse de pertinence fonctionnelle comme de la dimension sociale du langage.


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