A quoi compare-t-on pour intensifier ? : Analyse du comparant dans les comparaisons d’intensité stéréotypées ou inventives

Abstract : If in a typical intensifying comparison such as, Peter is as red as a tomato, the vehicle of comparison (tomato) is the paragon of the quality being intensified (redness), further analysis of a corpus of examples – idiomatic or creative – shows that these comparisons call for a vehicle for which the relation to the tenor and/or the quality to be intensified and its characteristics – semantic and/or formal – vary markedly. Put forth are several cases where the source of comparison diverges from standard configuration. This highlights other parameters which determine the vehicle, and shows that it’s the linguistic structures at stake (ex. A be as Adj. as B), which, even in case of absence of a paragon, ensures intensification.
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Clara Romero. A quoi compare-t-on pour intensifier ? : Analyse du comparant dans les comparaisons d’intensité stéréotypées ou inventives. L’intensification et ses différents aspects, Mar 2014, Varsovie, Pologne. p. 133-152. ⟨halshs-01160030⟩

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