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Répétition et incarnation dans l'énonciation

Abstract : Why repeat? To repeat is to choose not to say in another way. It is to take the signifiers out of their transparency, and thus return them their “body”. Why? Words deprived of body are interchangeable, they are tools which are used above all to transmit information. Signs that have body become whole again, see their semantic and pragmatic potential increased many fold. Repetition allows signs to assume other functions than that of representation: expressive and poetic, but also playful, humorous, ritual, performative, etc. Repetition is the modality of the embodied sign. We pose the need to distinguish two modes of signifying for the sign: either the signification (mode of the signified, the signs are substitutable, and that is why they are given and received as arbitrary), or what we call signifiance (mode of the signifier, the signs are not substitutable, they are given and received as motivated). We illustrate our thesis of the embodied modality of repetition by means of the figure of reduplication, a universal phenomenon, and show how repetition can assume a performative function.
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Emmanuelle Prak-Derrington. Répétition et incarnation dans l'énonciation. SHS Web of Conferences, EDP Sciences, 2020, ⟨10.1051/shsconf/20207801031⟩. ⟨halshs-03054123⟩



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