VENDRYES, Joseph (Jean-Baptiste-Marie)

VENDRYES, Joseph (Jean-Baptiste-Marie). Paris 13.1.1875 — Paris 30.1.1960. French IE, Celtic and General Linguist. Professor in Paris. Son of a civil servant. Studies in Paris under Meillet et al. (Sanskrit under V. Henry and S. Lévi). Agrégé de grammaire 1896. Ph.D. 1901 (diss. on Latin). In 1902-06 taught Greek at Clermont, 1906-07 at Caen. Succeesing Henry chargé de cours at Faculté des lettres from 1907, 1919 professeur adjoint and 1923 professeur titulaire de linguistique. Also taught Celtic languages and literature at É.P.H.É. from 1926, and linguistics in 1920-36 at École normale superieure. Served in WW I. During WW II declined from collaboration and was briefly arrested in 1944. Retired 1946. Member of A.I.B.L. 1931.

Publications: Much on general linguistics, Celtin, Greek and Latin, numerous reviews.

– “Le type verbal en -*ske/o– de l’indo-iranien”, Mélanges S. Lévi 1911, 173-182.

Sources: *Charle, Les professeurs de la Faculté des lettres. 2. 197?; *E. Benveniste, BSL 55, 1960, 1-9; *P. Desmet & P. Swiggers, Lex. Gramm. 1996, 962-964; *F. B. J. Kuiper, Jaarboek K.N.A.W. 1960–61, 369-374; A. Merlin, CRAI 104, 1960, 374-381Wikipedia (more in French version); photo in BSL 55, 1960 and CRAI 1960.

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