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Les paradoxes du terme irréel

Abstract : This article analyses the term unreality (Irréel in French) and its status in some grammars of the English language, with a special focus on Anglophone ones. Irréel is a well-established term in French grammatical taxonomy (DUBOIS ET AL. [1994] 2012: 258), but a polymorphic one in Anglophone grammars. One may come across irrealis (KRUISINGA & ERADES 1947: 200; GIVÓN 1994: 275; HUDDLESTON & PULLUM 2002: 149), irreality (LANGACKER 2008: 302) or unreality (JOOS 1964: 122), the latter being rarely labeled as a semantic category in Anglophone grammars. It will be argued that this multi-faceted feature points to the equivocal semantic perimeter of this notion. What is at stake is the usefulness of the term unreality in English grammar.
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Ernest Hounhouayenou-Toffa. Les paradoxes du terme irréel. ELIS - Echanges de linguistique en Sorbonne, Université Paris Sorbonne, 2016, 4 (1), pp.1-22. ⟨halshs-01344507⟩

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