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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: Sur la relation d'Élaboration: des approches intuitives aux approches formelles
Author: Georges Kleiber
Institution: Université de Strasbourg
Author: Hélène Vassiliadou
Institution: Université de Strasbourg
Linguistic Field: Semantics
Abstract: Le but de notre article est d'entreprendre une réflexion générale sur une des relations de discours parmi les plus importantes, la relation dite d’Élaboration. Il s'agit d'un terme technique pour désigner une relation sémantique ou conceptuelle entre des phrases ou propositions. Toutefois, le sens mondain (non technique) qu'elle a a des répercussions sur l'emploi technique. On constate alors que c'est bien souvent ce sens mondain ou courant, à savoir qu'élaborer c'est préparer, réaliser quelque chose, qui intervient dans la reconnaissance ou dans l'analyse des exemples. Notre propos se limitera ainsi à examiner les définitions du type intuitif qu'on a pu donner de la relation d’Élaboration. Chemin faisant, nous aborderons également la définition donnée dans le cadre de la RST de W. C. Mann et S. Thompson pour en arriver à des caractérisations plus formelles. Nous ouvrirons, enfin, des pistes qui donneront lieu ultérieurement à une analyse plus poussée qui nous aidera à comparer la relation d'Élaboration avec d'autres relations discursives.


This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 19, Issue 2, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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