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Full Title: The Notion of 'Passage' in Linguistics: What Relevance for the Language Sciences

Location: Saint-Etienne, France
Start Date: 21-Nov-2014 - 22-Nov-2014
Contact: Pierre Manen
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Meeting Description: The notion conveyed by the French word passage, which spans a wide range of meanings, from “passing”, “switching” or “transition” to the acceptation of the English word passage (in the sense of “excerpt”), is still to be defined in linguistic literature.

It is rendered by a variety of terms, depending on the field of study, such as transformation (generative grammar), transfer (pragmatics and translation studies), shift, sequence (semantics), evolution (diachronic linguistics), change (sociolinguistics), etc.

But the only field in which passage was conceptualized is that of Rastier’s interpretative semantics (Rastier 1987).

This conference aims at studying different uses of the word passage in linguistics and its equivalents in other languages such as transfer, switch etc. It will also examine whether it is possible to conceptualize the notion so as to supplement the concept developed in text linguistics and interpretative semiotics in the light of different linguistic fields.
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Translation
LL Issue: 25.1834

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