Sechehaye studied at the University of Geneva under Ferdinand de Saussure. From 1893 to 1902 he trained at Göttingen, where he wrote a thesis in German about the French imperfect subjunctive. After that, he taught in Geneva until his death, though not becoming a professor until 1939, when he succeeded his colleague Charles Bally. His wife Marguerite Sechehaye was a psychotherapist and a pioneer in the psychoanalytic treatment of schizophrenics.
- "SECHEHAYE, Marguerite A. - Reality Lost and Regained. Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Girl". Archived from the original on 2015-02-19. Retrieved February 2, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Anne-Marguerite Frýba-Reber, Albert Sechehaye et la syntaxe imaginative : contribution à l'histoire de la linguistique saussurienne, Genève: Droz, 1994.