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La brièveté des inscriptions médiévales : d'une contrainte à une esthétique

Abstract : Inscriptions are known for their brevity and this characteristic participates in the definition of the epigraphic discourse. Nevertheless, the linguistic and graphic means which allow these texts to be short have not been studied. Our goal is thus to understand how and why these texts are brief, beyond the material constraint, until create a real esthetics. Select the information, condense the words thanks to rhetorical processes, give rhythm to the speech, evoke and suggest the ideas rather than to develop them, such are the verbs which guide the authors of inscriptions. The epigraphic brevity is not only a consequence of the support, the material, the space or still the cost. On the contrary, it allows inscriptions to exercice at best their function of communication and universal and long-lasting advertisement. This research for conciseness is visible both on a linguistic and graphic plan. It confers then on the epigraphic writing --in the broad sense-- a specific esthetics.
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Estelle Ingrand-Varenne. La brièveté des inscriptions médiévales : d'une contrainte à une esthétique. Medievalia, Revista d'Estudis Medievals, Institut d’Estudis Medievals (IEM), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2013, 16, pp.213-234. ⟨halshs-00948493⟩



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