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La berceuse, une oralité perdue ?

Abstract : Lullabies, which belong to the oral folklore of childhood, have been transmitted by word of mouth and especially in written form since the end of the 19th century. But what is lost in the written form? What happens to the vitality of the orality of the lullaby when it falls under the rule of writing? This article will first of all look at what disappears through “the trap door of writing” to use the words of Roland Barthes, when the oral lullaby is transcribed to appear in collections and books. Then our analysis will show that the lullaby, when it is submitted to the spatial organization of the page and filtered through printing undergoes the erasure of its ritual dimension. Finally, children’s books, which present lullabies in the form of books with CDs or albums will be examined: in undergoing a process of aesthetization, the lullaby becomes a beautiful object to be read, admired and … perhaps sung.
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Marie-Christine Vinson. La berceuse, une oralité perdue ?. Pratiques : linguistique, littérature, didactique, Centre de recherche sur les médiations (Crem) - Université de Lorraine 2019, oralité, littératie, 183-184, pp.[En ligne]. ⟨10.4000/pratiques.7458⟩. ⟨hal-03169989⟩

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