Les adverbiaux prépositionnels en dans : exploration en corpus de la notion de contenance

Abstract : This paper provides a description of the notional meanings of the French preposition dans ('in') in the construction [Dans NPy, Sx], where the Ground y is expressed by the extra-predicative PP [Dans NP], and the Figure x by a part or by the whole sentence S. We explore the adequateness of the relation Container/content described by Vandeloise to depict the meanings of dans in this construction. This corpus based study suggests ranging these different meanings along a continuum from a locating pole to a defining pole. Three dimensions are associated to this continuum: the cause, the subjectivity and the dynamicity of the relationship of y and x. On the side of the defining pole, the causality, the subjectivity and the dynamicity of the relationship of y and x tend to be more expressed. This could be partly due to the detached construction itself, which through the detachment gives the opportunity to the speaker/writer to express his/her point of view.
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Laure Sarda. Les adverbiaux prépositionnels en dans : exploration en corpus de la notion de contenance. CORELA - COgnition, REprésentation, LAngage, CERLICO-Cercle Linguistique du Centre et de l'Ouest (France), 2010, http://corela.edel.univ-poitiers.fr/index.php?id=911. ⟨halshs-00664276⟩

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