Romain Garnier

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Romain Garnier
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Born 30 December 1976
Nationality French
Scientific career
Institutions University of Limoges
Academic advisors Charles de Lamberterie, Georges-Jean Pinault

Romain Garnier is a French linguist born in 1976, specialized in Indo-European linguistics. He has been an Assistant Professor (Maître de Conférences) since 2005 at the University of Limoges.[1] He was the recipient of the Prix Emile Benveniste in 2010,[2] and became a member of the Institut Universitaire de France in 2013.[3]

He has authored more than 20 articles and two books on Indo-European linguistics. His main contributions concern the etymology, phonology and morphology of Proto-Indo-European and Indo-European languages, especially Latin and Greek. His book on the Latin verbal system was favorably received, as shown by positive reviews by the American linguist Andrew Miles Byrd (University of Kentucky) in Kratylos[4],[N 1] and by the French linguist Jean-Paul Brachet (Paris-Sorbonne University) in the Bulletin de la Société de Linguistique de Paris.[5]

He was invited in 2015 by the French popular science journal La Recherche to represent the point of view of linguists on the Indo-European theory in a debate with the French archeologist Jean-Paul Demoule,[6] following the publication of a book in which the latter expresses skepticism about the Indo-European hypothesis.[7]

He also published two novels in French, in 2010 and 2017. A Czech translation of his first novel, L'Héritage de Glace, was published in 2012.

He is the founding editor of the French academic journal Wékwos dedicated to Indo-European studies (founded in 2014).[8],[9]



  • 2004. Thèmes grecs, Ophrys, 224 pages (book written with Lucien Pernée) ISBN 9782708010895
  • 2008. Textes épiques sanskrits, Ophrys, 225 pages ISBN 9782708011571
  • 2010. Sur le vocalisme radical du verbe Latin, Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Sprachwissenschaft, Innsbruck, 134, 519 pages ISBN 9783851247206
  • 2017. La Dérivation inverse en latin, Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Sprachwissenschaft, Innsbruck, 157, 524 pages ISBN 9783851247442
  • 2017. Scripta Selecta, Les Cent Chemins, Paris, 547 pages ISBN 9781546869368



  • 2012 De Gaulle campagne algérienne, Éditions Elytel, Paris, co-authored with Pierre Jaylet ISBN 9782917182048
  • 2014 Oradour-sur-Glane : autopsie d’un massacre, Éditions Elytel, Paris ISBN 9782917182086


1.^ For instance, Andrew Byrd states in his review that ”G[arnier] has done an admirably thorough job in his analysis of the Latin verbal system and has successfully convinced me that “(i)l y a en latin tout un vaste héritage fort archaïque que ne reflète pas du tout la doctrine reçue, telle qu'elle fut professée par les fondateurs de la discipline indo-européenne, et où l'on tient le latin pour une langue innovante” [… that Latin displays a vast amount of archaic inherited data, which is very different from what is usually said, following the teachings of the founders of Indo-European studies who viewed Latin as an innovative language].“


  1. ^ Official list of permanent members of the EHIC laboratory of the University of Limoges
  2. ^ "Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres". Retrieved 2016-09-18. 
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  4. ^ Andrew Miles Byrd (2013), Review of Garnier, Romain, Sur le vocalisme du verbe latin: étude synchronique et diachronique, in Kratylos 58, p. 159-167
  5. ^ Jean-Paul Brachet (2011 [2012]), Bulletin de la Société de Linguistique de Paris 106:2, p. 202-205
  6. ^ Marina Julienne, « L'Indo-européen a-t-il existé? », La Recherche, March 2015.
  7. ^ Jean-Paul Demoule, Mais où sont passés les Indo-Européens ? : Le mythe d'origine de l'Occident, Paris, Seuil, 2014 ISBN 9782020296915
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