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La mosaïque du langage / The mosaic of language

Abstract : From a philosophical point of view, living beings can be described as mosaics, i.e. systems where the whole leaves a large degree of autonomy to the properties of the component parts. This structure arises through the action of two basic mechanisms: the juxtaposition of identical identities and the integration of these entities into a more complex whole. Our goal here is to show that human language follows the same rules, operating by the juxtaposition of semantic units which are then integrated into a meaningful utterance. A description is given of the various linguistic processes used to integrate lexical and grammatical morphemes, showing that the philosophical metaphor of the mosaic structure, as used to describe living beings, can be applied to language.
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Stéphane Robert, Georges Chapouthier. La mosaïque du langage / The mosaic of language. Marges Linguistiques, M.L.M.S. Publisher, 2006, ⟨hal-00382678⟩



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