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Antoine Meillet

1866 - 1936

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Paul Jules Antoine Meillet (French: [ɑ̃twan mɛjɛ]; 11 November 1866 Moulins, France – 21 September 1936 Châteaumeillant, France) was one of the most important French linguists of the early 20th century. He began his studies at the Sorbonne University, where he was influenced by Michel Bréal, Ferdinand de Saussure and the members of the L'Année Sociologique. In 1890, he was part of a research trip to the Caucasus, where he studied the Armenian language. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Antoine Meillet has received more than 87,578 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Antoine Meillet is the 18th most popular linguist (up from 22nd in 2019), the 939th most popular biography from France (up from 1,103rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Linguist.

Antoine Meillet is most famous for his discovery of the Indo-European language family.

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Among linguists, Antoine Meillet ranks 18 out of 161Before him are Edward Sapir, August Schleicher, Georges Dumézil, Algirdas Julien Greimas, Rasmus Rask, and Kūkai. After him are William Jones, Johann Martin Schleyer, Otto Jespersen, Nikolai Trubetzkoy, Ignác Goldziher, and Nicholas Marr.

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Among people born in 1866, Antoine Meillet ranks 23Before him are Anne Sullivan, Charles Nicolle, Ramsay MacDonald, Emilio De Bono, Archduke Franz Salvator of Austria, and George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon. After him are Lev Shestov, Butch Cassidy, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Mykhailo Hrushevsky, Léon Bakst, and Nathan Söderblom. Among people deceased in 1936, Antoine Meillet ranks 38Before him are Julius Schreck, Georg Michaelis, Nikolai Ostrovsky, Moritz Schlick, Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Karl Pearson. After him are Archduke Friedrich, Duke of Teschen, Henry Louis Le Chatelier, Georgy Chicherin, Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, Robert Michels, and Ahmet Tevfik Pasha.

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In France

Among people born in France, Antoine Meillet ranks 939 out of 6,011Before him are Max Jacob (1876), Eleanor of England, Queen of Castile (1162), Geoffrey of Villehardouin (1150), Thierry Henry (1977), Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné (1626), and Francis III, Duke of Brittany (1518). After him are Henri Lebesgue (1875), Carolus Clusius (1525), Leonard of Noblac (496), Gaston Maspero (1846), Louis II of Anjou (1377), and Martin Bucer (1491).

Among LINGUISTS In France

Among linguists born in France, Antoine Meillet ranks 2Before him are Georges Dumézil (1898). After him are Alexandre de Rhodes (1591), André Martinet (1908), Étienne Dolet (1509), Émile Littré (1801), Louis de Beaufront (1855), Lucien Tesnière (1893), Louis Duchesne (1843), Anne Dacier (1645), Gaston Waringhien (1901), and Sylvain Lévi (1863).