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Prix Volney

The Prix Volney (English: Volney Prize) is awarded by the Institute of France after proposition by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres to a work of comparative philology.

The prize was founded by Constantin Volney in 1803 and was originally a gold medal worth 1,200 francs.[1]

Recipients include

  • Nicolas Massias (1828)
  • Jean-Pierre Darrigol (1829)
  • Peter Stephen DuPonceau, Mémoire sur le systeme grammatical des langues de quelques nations Indiennes de l'Amérique du Nord ((English) Study of the grammatical systems of some North American Indian languages) (1838)
  • Theodor Benfey, Lexicon of Greek Roots
  • Eugène Burnouf
  • Ernest Renan, General History of Semitic Languages (1847)
  • Albin de Chevallet, Études philologiques et historiques sur l'origine et la formation de la langue française ((English) Philological and historical study on the origin and formation of the French language) (1850)
  • Count Franz Xaver von Miklosisch, Vergleichende Formenlehre ders slavischen Sprachen ((English) Teaching comparative forms in Slavic languages) (1857)
  • L.-F. Meunier, Les Composés qui contiennent un verbe à un mode personnel en latin, en français, en italien et en espagnol ((English) Compositions containing reflexive verbs in Latin, French, Italian and Spanish) (1873)
  • Robert Caesar Childers A Dictionary of the Pali Language (1876)
  • Gustave Guillaume, Le problème de l'article et sa solution dans la langue française ((English) Articles and their usage in the French language) (1917)
  • Antoine Grégoire, L'apprentissage du langage ((English) Language training)
  • Claude Hagège (1981)


  1. ^ Joan Leopold (Ed.) 1999. The Prix Volney: Its History and Significance for the Development of Linguistic Research. Vol.1a p.83. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
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