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French Language and Literature: Dictionaries & Grammar Guides

Library resources for information about French language and literature.

Online Dictionaries and Language Learning

Printed Dictionaries and Grammar Guides

Browsing location in Bobst: PC2000 to PC3800, 1st floor reference and 8th floor stacks.


Trésor de la Langue Française: Dictionanaire de la Langue Française du XIXe et du XXe siecle (1789-1960). 16 vols. Imbs, Paul, ed. Paris: Editions du CNRS, 1971.
Bobst REF1 PC2625.I4
A dictionary of the French language of the 19th and 20th centuries. Extensive coverage includes etymology, history, pronunciation, statistical usage, and more.

Le Grand Robert de la Langue française. 9 vol. Robert, Paul, ed. Paris: Le Robert, 1985.
Bobst 8th floor  PC2625.R63 1985
An excellent tool for researching pronunciation, etymology, history, and usage of French words.

Collins Robert Comprehensive French English Dictionary. 2 vol. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995.
Bobst REF1 PC2640.C69 1995a
One of the best French-English dictionaries on the market today. Provides detailed definitions and many examples of current usage.

Le Bon Usage: Grammaire Française avec des Remarques sur la Langue Française d'Aujourd'hui. Grevisse, Maurice. Paris: Duculot, 1980.
Bobst REF1 PC2112 .G84 1980 
An authoritative guide to current grammar and usage.