BALLY, Charles-Louis

BALLY, Charles-Louis. Geneva 4.2.1865 — Geneva 10.4.1947. Swiss Linguist and Greek scholar. Son of a teacher, lost early his father (1870). From 1883 studied mainly Greek philology at Geneva, in the 1890s became de Saussure’s student, now also learned Sanskrit. Further studies at Berlin ( 1889). In 1889-93 tutor in Greek royal family, then teacher in Genève. In 1900-1913 Professor of Greek at Collège Calvin in Geneva. At Geneva University he was PD in 1893-1913, then Prof. ord. de linguistique (générale & IE) et sanscrit from 1913, succeeding de Saussure (who had already left Sanskrit teaching to him in 1906. Retired in 1939.

Mainly worked on French lan­guage, but kept his interest in Sanskrit until death. Without rejecting diachrony he emphasizes synchronic view of living languages. Three times married.

Publications: Diss. De Euripidis tragoediarum partibus lyricis quaestionunculae. Berlin 1889.

– “Accent grec, accent védique, accent indo-européen”, Mél. F. de Saussure 1908, 3-29.

Précis de stylistique. 1905; Traité de stylistique français. 1909; Le langage et la vie. 1913, new edd. 1926, 1935; Linguistique générale et linguistique française. 1932, 2nd rev. ed. 1945.

Edited with A. Sechehaye: F. de Saussure, Cours de Linguistique générale. 336 p. Lausanne & Paris 1916, 2nd ed. P. 1922.

Sources: *J.L. Chiss, Lex. Gramm. 1996, 64; S. Durrer in Web HistLexSchweiz; *W. Hellmann: Charles Bally. Frühwerk, Rezeption, Bibliographie. Bonn 1988; *G. Redard, “Bibliographie chronologique des publications de Charles Bally”, Cahiers Ferdinand de Saussure 36, 1982, 25-41; J. Vendryes, *Cahiers Ferd. de Saussure 6, 1946-47, 47-62 (republ. in Sebeok 1966:2, 188-201); Schweizerisches Zeitgenossen-Lexikon 2nd ed., 1932; Schweizer Lexicon 1991 1; brief note in Idg.Jb. 28, 1949; Wikipedia.

*P.-Y. Testenoire, “À l’ombre de deux maîtres: la correspondance Bally–Vendryes”, V. Chepiga & E. Sofia (eds.), Correspondance entre linguistes. Louvain-la-Neuve 2017, 45-63.

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