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Apposition et métonymie adjectivales, figures d’une sous-énonciation ?

Abstract : Within the framework of a study of linguistic anthropomorphisms that apply an adjectival predicate from the subclass of psychological adjectives to an animal-referring noun, two configurations are scrutinised here: appositive constructions and metonymy. The corpus under analysis is drawn from the fictional works of Marie Darrieussecq. The hypothesis being tested is that these constructions involve a form of enunciative disengagement, of which they may even be markers. These instances of under-enunciation may elicit a euphemising reading interpretable in terms of an ethos of moderation, but equally they authorize a litotic reading (say less to suggest more). It can therefore be argued that we are dealing here not with a position but a posture of under-enunciation, a strategy of understatement that forces across an underlying point of view - animals are indeed the seat of emotions -, and that under-enunciative distancing combined with humour is designed only to pre-empt the anticipated accusation of anthropomorphism.
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Sophie Milcent-Lawson. Apposition et métonymie adjectivales, figures d’une sous-énonciation ?. Colloque Les postures énonciatives : autour des propositions d'Alain Rabatel, Bases; corpus et langage (BCL; Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis; CNRS), Nov 2018, Toulon, France. pp.[En ligne], ⟨10.4000/corela.12206⟩. ⟨hal-01915448⟩



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