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Le phraséologisme "petite phrase"

Abstract : This study aims at underlining in what way the small sentence phraseology can presently highlight the evolution of the meaning of sentence. Fashionable in the media for some ten years, the expression small sentence is used invariably and within a part variable in which the seme /density/ wins over the seme /brevity/. A historical approach stresses the collocative ancestry of the usage, separating the link between reification and discursive context. The semantic and formal analysis then establishes the degree of reification and stresses the diminution and the semantic involution of the word sentence as demonstrated by the group. As a last resort, the perlocutory pragmatic component of its signified reveals a patrimonial appropriation which can be identified as a fetichist reification of the sentence. The expression small sentence thus behaves as a parasynonym of sentence within some contexts. This contemporary usage is representative of a society in which the input of form takes over thought content.
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Sophie Jollin-Bertocchi. Le phraséologisme "petite phrase". Le Français Moderne - Revue de linguistique Française, 2019, 2019 (2), pp.216-225. ⟨hal-03325557⟩



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