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Title: L’Euphémisme
Written By: André Horak
Series Title: Edition Linguistique 80
Description:

Depuis au moins trois millénaires, l’euphémisme constitue une stratégie
fondamentale d’atténuation, repérable dans la plupart des genres de
discours. S’il est exploité à l’origine comme remède contre les paroles de
mauvais augure – liées à la superstition et à la crainte religieuse des
Anciens –, il prend place de nos jours dans des domaines aussi différents
que la presse écrite, la publicité, les lettres officielles ou les
conversations spontanées. Pourtant, malgré son omniprésence, il a fait
l’objet d’un nombre encore réduit de monographies.

Première monographie linguistique sur l’euphémisme en langue française, cet
ouvrage poursuit deux objectifs majeurs. D’un côté, il se propose de
présenter l’évolution diachronique de l’euphémisme et de son statut
théorique à partir de l’Antiquité gréco-latine. En adoptant des approches
sémantiques, rhétorico-pragmatiques et sociolinguistiques, il vise, d’un
autre côté, à formuler une théorie inédite sur la figure, ainsi qu’à
établir un classement systématique des moyens euphémiques clés qui font
partie intégrante de la communication intersubjective.

André Horak est assistant de linguistique française à l’Université de Berne
(Suisse). Ses principaux articles s’intègrent dans le domaine des figures
du discours, en particulier de l’euphémisme.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
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ISBN-13: 9783862880171
Pages: 110
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