Alain REY

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FrenchBorn Alain REY

French linguist, lexicographer and radio personality

Born on August 30, 1928 in Pont-du-Château, Puy-de-Dôme , France

Died on October 28, 2020 in Paris , France

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After studying political science, humanities and art history at the Sorbonne, Rey served in the 4th Regiment of the Tunisian Troops. While stationed in Algeria in 1952, he replied to an advertisement placed by Paul Robert, who was compiling a new French dictionary and looking for linguists. Rey become Robert's first collaborator, on Dictionnaire alphabétique et analogique. Robert's network of lexicographers grew and Rey married his colleague Josette Debove in 1954. In 1964 the very first Le Robert dictionary was published, followed by an abridged Le Petit Robert in 1967.

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