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ARTFL Databases

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ARTFL is a series of databases that comprise nearly 2000 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing. The eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries are about equally represented, with a smaller selection of seventeenth century texts as well as some medieval and Renaissance texts.
Genres include novels, verse, theatre, journalism, essays, correspondence, and treatises. Subjects include literary criticism, biology, history, economics, and philosophy. In most cases standard scholarly editions were used in converting the text into machine-readable form, and the data contain page references to these editions.

The following databases are available:

  1. The Main ARTFL Database contains 1,880 texts from the 12th to the 20th centuries.
  2. The ARTFL Encyclopédie is a complete on-line version of the first edition of Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopédie.
  3. Provençal Poetry Database contains 38 texts from the 12th and 13th centuries.
  4. French Women Writers Database contains texts by 15 authors from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
  5. The Textes de Français Ancien (TFA) database contains 65 documents, covering the12th-15th centuries.
  6. Opera del Vocabolario Italiano database contains 1,369 vernacular texts dated prior to 1375, including Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, as well as lesser-known texts.
  7. Dictionnaires d'autrefois:
    • Full-text search engine for Robert Estienne's 1552 Dictionarium latinogallicum.
    • Full-text search engine for Jean Nicot's Threysor de la langue françoyse, tant ancienne que moderne (Paris, David Douceur, 1606).
    • The Dictionnaire de l'Académie française.  Full-text searches are available for the electronic versions of the first (1694), 5th (1798), and 6th (1835) editions.
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Education, French Language, French Databases, French Linguistics, French Literature 
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