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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Title: Pour commencer, il faut arrêter de décoder: plaidoyer pour une linguistique sans métaphysique
Author: Pierre Frath
Institution: Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne
Linguistic Field: Philosophy of Language
Abstract: Dans cet article, l'auteur aborde des questions de fond sur la notion de codage et de décodage, si naturelle en linguistique. Il entend montrer qu'elle ne permet pas d'atteindre la langue car elle est fondamentalement métaphysique, le plus souvent à l'insu de ceux qui l'utilisent. Il illustre son propos par une étude du verbe en contexte, dans un corpus électronique. L'explication en langue doit se faire à partir de l'observation des faits et sa généralisation en termes de ressemblances et de différences, et non grâce à la formulation de codes à l'existence chimérique.


This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 18, Issue 2, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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