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De l’efficacité de l’adresse indirecte : Au sujet des noms-messages chez les Bwa (Mali-Burkina Faso)

Abstract : Is indirectness effective when the third party is a passive mediator? This is seemingly what is assumed by those who choose the names of newborns among the Bwa, thus finding a pretext to issue the words they cannot say directly. The messages conveyed by the names are indirectly addressed to a specific person, or to a group of people, or even to the entire community. The child is an innocent bearer of a name that does not generally concern him, although it often summarizes a story he learns to explain: whether about tensions caused by the marriage of his parents, or a family conflict whose resolution is desired, or simply the difficulties of everyday life. In this paper we seek to understand the efficacy of such an indirect address and see how we can find out, in this proverbial-names practice, different degrees of indirection that would depend upon whether one understands the message in context, and in respect of one’s involvement in it, or one grasps only the conventional and normative conveyed meaning.
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Cécile Leguy. De l’efficacité de l’adresse indirecte : Au sujet des noms-messages chez les Bwa (Mali-Burkina Faso). Cahiers de Littérature Orale, Presses de l'Inalco, 2011, L'adresse indirecte ou la parole détournée, ⟨10.4000/clo.1285⟩. ⟨halshs-01132750⟩



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