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When Gascons were speaking Languedocien

104The first edition of the Abbot of Sauvages Occitan-French dictionary was published in Nimes in 1756. Its complete title is: 

Dictionnaire languedocien-françois ou choix des mots
languedociens les plus difficiles à rendre en François. Contenant un recueil des principales fautes que commettent dans la diction, & dans la Prononciation Françoise, les Habitants des Provinces Méridionales du Royaume, connus à Paris sous le nom de Gascons. Avec un petit Traite de Prononciation & de Prosodie Languedocienne. Ouvrage enrichi dans quelques-uns de ses articles de notes historiques et grammaticales, et d’observations de physique et d’histoire naturelle.105

Such a title highlights both the uncertain naming of the Occitan language at that time, and its unity as perceived by the abbot (see the Franchimand entry extract we printed on the cover).

In 1756, the Occitans are Languedocian-speaking Gascons…

Our edition is split into two parts. The first one includes letters A-D and a review by François Raynouard (in the Journal des Savants March 1824 issue) of the third edition of that dictionary, edited by the abbot’s great-nephew in 1820-1821 (already published in our series).

The second part includes letters E-Z.

The dictionary was digitized by the Internet Archive. The Journal des Savants extract comes from Google Books.

Click here to read or downloard Abbot de Sauvage’s 1756 Dictionnaire languedocien-françois A-D (# 104 of the Documents pour l’étude de la langue occitane series) from the IEO Paris website.

Click here to read or downloard Abbot de Sauvage’s 1756 Dictionnaire languedocien-françois E-Z (# 105 of the Documents pour l’étude de la langue occitane series) from the IEO Paris website.

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