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Title: Nouveaux Développements de L'imparfait
Edited By: Emmanuelle Labeau
Pierre Larrivée
URL: http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=CHRONOS+14
Series Title: Cahiers Chronos 14

Le tiroir de l'imparfait a subi une extension considérable de ses usages à
travers l'histoire du français. Il est devenu prototypique dans des
contextes comme la description où l'ancienne langue utilisait le passé
simple. Ces emplois prototypiques ont donné lieu à un large ensemble
d'usages stylistiques: hypothèse, discours indirect libre, imparfait de
politesse, forain, hypocoristique, ludique et narratif. La diversité des
usages pose la question de l'unité sémantique de la forme, non seulement en
synchronie mais aussi dans les cadres de son évolution diachronique et de
son acquisition. Ce problème est appréhendé à travers les analyses de
Damourette et Pichon et de Wilmet, par le guillaumisme, la sémantique
logique et la pragmatique de la pertinence. Ces cadres permettent
d'identifier les paramètres en jeu dans chaque emploi, et les modes de leur
application à une problématique sémantique particulièrement délicate.
Le présent ouvrage saura donc intéresser autant les théoriciens du sens
linguistique que les praticiens concernés par son organisation.

The uses of the French imperfect have undergone a vast extension throughout
the history of the French language. It has become prototypical in contexts
such as description where old French used simple past. The prototypical
uses have resulted in a large number of stylistic uses: hypothesis, free
indirect speech, and the so-called 'forain', 'hypocoristique', 'ludique'
and 'narratif'. The wide range of uses raises the question of the
semantic unity of that form in synchrony as well as in diachrony.
Here are gathered for the first time discussions of emergent uses of the
imperfect, that are tackled through a variety of approaches (Damourette and
Pichon's, Wilmet's or Guillaume's systems, logic semantics or relevance

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): French
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9042018666
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: VII, 204 pp.
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