Phonétique et Phonologie au siècle des Lumières
Christophe REY.

The present paper proposes a presentation of various aspects of Nicolas Beauzée's theories on French sounds. Remained unexploited, Beauzée's theories sum up the best knowledge available in XVIII th century, before the progress brought by Comparatism and Dialectology, and found the description of the sounds of the language as a true field of study for grammatical science. We will also show that these same theories represent the first steps of a properly phonological reflexion.