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US News Linguist Alain Rey died at the age of 92

14:40  28 october  2020
14:40  28 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Alain Rey avait contribué à rendre la linguistique accessible au grand public. © AFP Alain Rey had helped make linguistics accessible to the general public.

The famous linguist Alain Rey, behind the Le Robert dictionary, died on the night of Tuesday 27 to Wednesday 28 October. He was 92 years old.

The family of Alain Rey and Le Robert editions announced the death of the famous linguist in a press release from Tuesday to Wednesday. Alain Rey was 92 years old.

Young graduate in literature, he led the team created in 1951 by Paul Robert to develop a new "alphabetic and analog" dictionary of the French language, which in 1964 was to give birth to the "Grand Robert" in six volumes, then in 1967 at Petit Robert, before other variations.

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In 1980, Alain Rey told Bernard Pivot how the Petit Robert had been created, “a slave labor of two and a half years” , after the Grand Robert:

Lover of the language

Maurice Druon had told him: “ You pick up the words in the stream ”. Alain Rey has spent a good part of his life feeding on trivial words to feed the Le Robert dictionary in all its variations.

A keen observer of modern language inventions, he has been able to transmit to the general public his passion for language, in his books, his lectures and his media interventions.

Lexicographer and lover of words, Alain Rey has for years held a tasty column on France Inter in the morning hosted by Stéphane Paoli. Alain Rey gave meaning to the words of the news ...

But he was also wary of language. Because words can do everything and its opposite. “Language is used to lie. Language is a dirty beast, like the devil ”.

While passing through Ouest-France in 2015, he also confided to us his other passion: series, which do not "replace literature" but are "a relatively new object in society ... which is reaching the level of the big 19th century novel ”. He was notably a fan of True Detective at the time.

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