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Title: Alphabetic
Original Title: Alphabetique
Volume and Page: Vol. 1 (1751), p. 297
Author: César Chesneau Du Marsais (biography)
Translator: Peter Daniels [grammatim@verizon.net]
Subject terms:
Grammar
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Citation (MLA): Du Marsais, César Chesneau. "Alphabetic." The Encyclopedia of Diderot & d'Alembert Collaborative Translation Project. Translated by Peter Daniels. Ann Arbor: Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library, 2015. Web. [fill in today's date in the form 18 Apr. 2009 and remove square brackets]. <http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.did2222.0000.278>. Trans. of "Alphabetique," Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, vol. 1. Paris, 1751.
Citation (Chicago): Du Marsais, César Chesneau. "Alphabetic." The Encyclopedia of Diderot & d'Alembert Collaborative Translation Project. Translated by Peter Daniels. Ann Arbor: Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.did2222.0000.278 (accessed [fill in today's date in the form April 18, 2009 and remove square brackets]). Originally published as "Alphabetique," Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, 1:297 (Paris, 1751).

Alphabetic, that which is in the order of the alphabet, alphabetic table . Dictionaries are organized in alphabetical order, but it is a mistake not to separate the words that begin with i from those that begin with j , so that iamb [ ïambe ] is found under the same letter as leg [ jambe ]. The same holds for words that begin with u : they are confused with those that begin with v , with the result that urbanity [ urbanité ] is found after true [ vrai ], etc. Today when the distinction between these letters is scrupulously observed, it should be taken into consideration in the alphabetic arrangement of words.