The Semiotics of Discourse in Dante’s "Commedia</I>
Chapter ThreeDante’s Theorization of the Linguistic Deception
dante’s theorization of the linguistic deception · 3 · 3.1 Linguistic Deception The central theme of this chapter focuses primarily on the Convivio, Dante’s philosophical treatise, where, among other topics, the poet discusses the allegory of the poets, not that of the theologians: this represents a relevant semiotic aspect of discourse, whose characteristics must be taken into account even in the Commedia. It is a point of departure for examining the modi signifi- candi (modes of signification) of the Commedia, since some characteristics of the allegory of the poets, if considered from a semiotic standpoint, may very well relate to and aid the allegory of the theologians which appears to be the dominant one in the Commedia. It is a figurative use of language which, in a way, partakes of the metaphoric mode and, thus, problematizes the correlation between a present expression and the absent or not-yet realized content of such an expression. It is an issue of ratio difficilis (difficult correlation) calling into play the metaphoric level of the allegory of the poets which necessitates abduction (or what we commonly call inferencing) to explain the problema- tization of such a correlation. We will mainly examine Dante’s philosophical position as it relates to the linguistic act and how it cannot exclude the dimen- sion of lying in the act itself, insofar as a lie is embedded in the linguistic act motivated by the continuous substitution/postponement of its referent. De Benedict_03.indd 61 22/11/11 10:29 AM 62 wordly wise In Convivio II.i.3,...
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