Professor – University Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
President of the Society for the History and Epistemology of Language Sciences (SHESL)


After a fundamentally multidisciplinary academic training (linguistics, history of linguistics, anthropology, Indian studies), Émilie Aussant became specialised in the study of traditional Sanskrit grammar (vyākaraṇa). She first carried out her work as a research fellow at the CNRS, within the UMR 7597 Histoire des Théories Linguistiques (of which she was director from January 2014 to December 2018). Her work, developed within the framework of both personal and collective projects, and based on collaborations both within the indologist and linguist communities, is devoted to the study of various themes (referential semantics, representations of the “language” object, representations and practices of translation, manifestations of normativity and subjectivity, word classifications, transfers of descriptive models, in particular) that Émilie Aussant endeavours to address from the perspective of historical epistemology.

Research fields

  • Traditional Sanskrit Grammar (vyākaraṇa)
  • History of India’s languages’ grammatization

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