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Academic Paper

Title: La « tyrannie » des chiffres
Author: Laurentiu Bala
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Institution: University of Craiova
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: From birth until death, our life goes on in the rhythm of numbers. We are invaded by the numbers of polls published everyday, by the statistics that our rulers present us in the moments of summing up, by the price index, the unemployment rate, the stock exchange quotes, the temperatures our weather forecast show us daily on our TV’s, by the number of the car accidents, the sports’ results, etc.

Could we live without numbers? What would happen if numbers did not exist? How would we express, for instance, the birth date? Or how would we estimate the passing of time, if not for knowing our age, at least for finding out the hour of the live broadcast of our favourite TV show?

Without trying to answer these difficult questions, despite the appearances, we want to show in what measure the numbers are part of our life, through their presence in a huge number of expressions used in common language and how plastic our language becomes due to their use.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Analele Universității din Craiova, Seria Științe Filologice, Limbi străine aplicate, Anul V, Nr. 1-2/2009, ISSN: 1841-8074, pp. 21-36.
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