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Des mots pour dire l'insulte (de la naissance du français à nos jours)

Abstract : This paper deals with the hypernymic system of insults from the apparition of French language (12 th century) onward. It aims at distinguishing the use of each word from the sometimes vague and redundant definitions one can find in dictionaries. While most lexicographers tend to redirect the reader to synonyms, thus simply creating a synonymic loop of terms defining acts of abusive language (without taking into account their respective semantic diversity), this study-focused on the Middle Ages (12 th-15 th centuries)-examines the semantics of the following words: insult (insulte), offense (injure), coarse word (gros mot) swearword (juron), and blasphemy (blasphème). The point is to extend our observations, in a diachronic perspective, to nowadays.
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Laurie Raymond. Des mots pour dire l'insulte (de la naissance du français à nos jours). ELIS - Echanges de linguistique en Sorbonne, Université Paris Sorbonne, 2019, 6, pp.23-43. ⟨halshs-02391051⟩



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