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Enjeu du collectif – noms collectifs en jeux

Abstract : Starting from the postulate that certain instances of wordplay are based on striking characteristics of language, this article deals with wordplay in which the notion of the collective and of plurality are the main features. The utterances examined are taken from French literature, advertising and mainly from the French press. They include collective nouns and singular and plural expressions including a definite article; it is on the basis of this linguistic material that wordplay is constructed by exploiting its morphosyntactic (morphological singular), semantic (double level of collective nouns) and interpretative (collective and distributive interpretation) characteristics. Starting from these examples, we discuss the limits of the idea of wordplay and defend the idea that wordplay generates intellectual pleasure without necessarily being conceived nor perceived as humorous.
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Michelle Lecolle. Enjeu du collectif – noms collectifs en jeux. Esme Winter-Froemel; Alex Demeulenaere. Jeux de mots, textes et contextes, De Gruyter, pp.157-174, 2018, 9783110586381. ⟨hal-02978486⟩



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