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La question du collectif dans la grammaire de Damourette & Pichon

Philippe Gréa 1, *
Abstract : Collective nouns are not considered as a distinct category in the grammar of Damourette and Pichon. We argue that the origin of this gap can be found in the theoretical system developed by the authors in chapter V of their grammar. By restricting nominal quantification to the double opposition " putation " and " blocalité ", Damourette and Pichon bring to the fore several concepts such as " brisure logique " (logical break) or the opposition between continuity and discontinuity. However, these concepts entail some difficulties which are accentuated by the category of collective nouns. In the second part of the present study, we compare various approaches and examine the solutions that have been proposed to solve these problems. To close, we suggest a recasting of the problem induced by collective nouns within the theoretical framework of Gestalttheorie. From this perspective, the opposition between continuity and discontinuity is abandoned in favour of a very different notion: the degree of dependency between the parts and the whole.
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Philippe Gréa. La question du collectif dans la grammaire de Damourette & Pichon. Bulletin de la Société de Linguistique de Paris, Peeters Publishers, 2014, tome CIX (fascicule 1), pp.201-235. ⟨halshs-01112846⟩



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