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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 ?. CORELA - COgnition, REprésentation, LAngage, CERLICO-Cercle Linguistique du Centre et de l'Ouest (France), 2020, Hors-série (32), pp.[En ligne]. ⟨10.4000/corela.12206⟩. ⟨hal-03114336⟩

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