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De l'éloge du nom chez les zarma du Niger

Abstract : This article examines the function of names in a specific genre of Zarma oral literature (Niger) : the "ize zamu" or child praise. In the pragmatic analysis of these praises, it becomes clear that, through the name, speakers project onto the child the qualities of the praised object and try to act on the future. The article also considers how these discourses reconcile a mother's love with the rules of propriety which are very strict in Zarma society and which reinforce a certain distance in the mother-child relationship. But in the end, child praises speak to the hope of Zarma mothers and, more generally, to what the entire society expects of its descendants.
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Sandra Bornand. De l'éloge du nom chez les zarma du Niger. Cahiers de Littérature Orale, Presses de l'Inalco, 2006, pp.131-164. ⟨halshs-00338110⟩



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