Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch

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The Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch (German: French Etymological Dictionary) or FEW is the principal etymological dictionary of the Gallo-Romance languages (such as French). It was the brainchild of the Swiss philologist Walther von Wartburg.[1]

History[edit]

The first edition of the FEW, written in German, was started in 1922, with the objective of tracing the origin, history and change of all words in the French lexicon, including Gallo-Romance languages: Occitan, Arpitan / Francoprovençal and Walloon. Since 1952, the Swiss National Science Foundation has supported this ambitious project, with the help of the French Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) since 1983. The first edition of the FEW was finished in 2002.

Structure[edit]

The FEW comprises 25 volumes, 160 fascicles, and more than 17,000 pages.

There is a much-abridged version, the Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue française, published by the Presses Universitaires de France.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chauveau, Jean-Paul (October 2007). "Le Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch (FEW) et les français expatriés ("The FEW and French expatriates")". dicorevue.fr (in French). ATILF-Nancy Université. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Comptes-rendus des séances de l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (in French) (Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres): 830–832. 27 April 2001 http://www.persee.fr/web/revues/home/prescript/article/crai_0065-0536_2001_num_145_2_16302 |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Faculté des lettres – Section de linguistique – FEW" (in French). University of Lausanne. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Bloch, Oscar, ed. (14 June 2004). Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue française. Presses Universitaires de France. ISBN 978-2-13-054426-5.  (French)

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