DUTENS, Alfred

DUTENS, Jean-Michel Albert Alfred. Abbeville (Somme) 13.3.1841 — Paris 8.7.1917. French Linguist. Son of Louis Dutens and Marie Amélie Hecquet d’Orval. Ph.D. 1883 Paris. According to Meillet his dissertation was good, but attracted so little attention that the depressed author never published much more, although remained member of the Société de linguistique. Married 1877 Alice Boudet (1854–1934). A.I.B.L. is still (2008) giving a Prix Alfred Dutens.

Publications: Diss. Essai sur l’origine des exposants casuels en sanscrit. 302 p. P. 1883.

Étude sur la simplification de l’orthographie. 503 p. P. 1906.

Sources: Meillet, BSL 21, 1918, 115f.; family details in perche-gouet.net; photo in his Étude.

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