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Title: Université de Paris X
Subtitle: Temps et point de vue/ Tense and Point of View
Edited By: Jacqueline Guéron
Liliane Tasmowski
Description:

Tense and Point of View contains the texts of fourteen presentations given at an international colloquium in Paris in December 2001. Its subject is the grammatical representation of the times on which states and events are placed and the way temporal representations produced by a speaker in a given context are inserted into sentence structure. To try to understand how the grammar encodes the way human beings perceive the passage of time through the representation of events located at points and intervals of time is an exciting persuit in itself. It is also a timely persuit in view of the present state of linguistic ressearch in which formal approaches to language try to justify themselves by incorporating ever finer empirical distinctions, and textual descriptions try to avoid the double trap of circularity and paraphrase.

The matter of the literary work is same that the linguist deals with, but it functions with respect to its own goals. One may ask whether the instruments which linguists have forged can provide the categories and principles which are necessary to understand, albeit partially, literary texts. Starting from one exemplary text, this volume reexamines problems in the representation of time and point of view which literature has long studied and opens a path to a reconciliation of the two types of inquiry.

Temps et point de vue présente le texte de quatorze communications tenues lors d'un colloque international qui a eu lieu à Paris en décembre 2001. Son sujet est la représentation en grammaire du temps des éventualités et la manière dont ces représentations, produites par un locuteur en contexte, sont inscrites dans la structure générale des énoncés. Essayer de comprendre comment la grammaire encode la façon dont les humains perçoivent le passage du temps à travers les événements localisés à des moments et dans des intervalles temporels est certainement une entreprise passionnante en soi. Elle est en outre tout à fait pertinente par rapport à l'état actuel de la linguistique où l'on voit les formalismes chercher à se justifier par l'incorporation de distinctions empiriques de plus en plus fines, tandis que les descriptions textuelles tentent d'échapper au double piège de la circularité et de la paraphrase.

Le matériau de l'oeuvre littéraire étant le même que celui du linguiste, mais façonné en fonction d'un dessein propre, on peut se demander si les instruments que celui-ci se donne peuvent fournir les catégories et les principes nécessaires pour permettre une compréhension fut-elle partielle des effets visés par l'œuvre littéraire. A partir d'un texte exemplaire, le présent volume retrouve des problèmes de représentation du temps et de perspective que la littérature a abordé depuis bien longtemps et qui fait augurer d'un rapprochement entre les deux voies d'enquête.


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Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Université de Paris X
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 2950936725
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 410
Prices: EUR 28