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Born in Châlons-sur-Marne on 22 August 1822, Auguste Dozon studied ancient and modern literature at the Collège Sainte Barbe in Paris, and then studied law before becoming a diplomat. A poet in his spare time, Dozon is best known as a philologist, a discipline he was so passionate about that he became a specialist in Serbian, Bulgarian and especially Albanian languages, for which he was one of the first grammarians. His philological research led him to take a close interest in the oral literature of the Balkans, which he assiduously collected. He is notably the author of a collection of Bulgarian songs that he transcribed and translated into French in 1872.

Keywords: Philology | Bulgaria | Albania | Balkans | Oral literature

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