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Full Title: Reading the Résumé of a Theory of Language

Location: Liège, Belgium
Start Date: 25-Oct-2012 - 26-Oct-2012
Contact: Sémir Badir
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Meeting Description: The Résumé of a Theory of Language, a posthumous work by Louis Hjelmslev, was published in 1975 in an English translation due to the efforts of F.J. Whitfield, who had access to Hjelmslev’s manuscripts. The original Danish version of the Résumé remains unpublished. Two translations based on the English edition were published recently: an Italian one, under the direction of R. Galassi & C. Zorzella (Terra Ferma, 2009) and a French one, adapted for an online edition by A. Herreman (, 2010).

The colloquium Lire le Résumé d’une théorie du langage de Louis Hjelmslev is a celebration of these two new translations. It proposes to acknowledge the renewed interest in this work, which is yet today considered ‘difficult’ and sparsely commented. Indeed, despite being unfinished and known mainly through translations, the Résumé may still be considered the major work of Hjelmslev.
Linguistic Subfield: Philosophy of Language
LL Issue: 23.2023

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