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Inhabiting Language, Constructing Language / Habiter la langue, construire la langue

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Edited By Rémi Digonnet

The juxtaposition of habitat, a product of architecture, and speech, a product of language, enables us to envisage a dual orientation for what could be called "architexture". The architectural text focuses on the analysis of architects’ discourse, architectural metaphors or spatial markers and prepositions. Textual architecture, meanwhile, explores composition, syntactic ordering, text structure or "construction" grammars. Through verbalisation or spatialization, through verbal or architectural communication, the speaker and the architect are subjected to numerous constraints despite a certain freedom of speech and freedom of construction. Both this constructed speech and this spoken construction summon the architect-speaker to his or her language domus. It is this dual position that the articles in this collection aim to occupy.

 

La mise en regard de l’habitat, produit de l’architecture, et du discours, produit de la langue, permet d’envisager une double orientation de ce que l’on pourrait nommer l’« architexture ». Le texte de l’architecture traite de l’analyse de discours d’architectes, de métaphores architecturales ou de marqueurs spatiaux et prépositions spatiales, tandis que l’architecture du texte investit la composition, l’agencement syntaxique, la structure d’un texte ou encore les grammaires dites « de construction ». D’une mise en discours ou en espace, à travers une communication verbale ou architecturale, l’énonciateur et l’architecte sont soumis à de nombreuses contraintes en dépit d’une liberté de parole et de construction. Cette parole construite autant que cette construction parlée convoquent l’énonciateur-architecte dans sa domus langagière. C’est cette double posture qui fait l’objet des contributions de cet ouvrage collectif.

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The House of Language

Language can be perceived as a habitat, a more or less enclosed space (idiolect, jargon), a more or less open and permeable terrain (plurilingualism, neology) in which and by which humankind inhabits, lives and evolves. Just like the dwelling which protects yet sometimes imprisons, familiar language reassures and ostracises at one and the same time. Language, which can be assimilated to a dwelling, an abode or even a roof over one’s head, represents a refuge for mankind while allowing cohabitation, the coexistence of communities and exchange. Between the open and the closed, language and architecture aim at a balanced exchange between speaking subjects and living subjects. The juxtaposition of habitat, a product of architecture, and speech, a product of language, enables the perception of a double orientation of what could be called “architexture”, i.e. urbanistic discourse analysis on the one hand, and the exploration of the architecture of language, on the other hand. The architectural text can focus on various domains such as the analysis of specific corpora (founding texts, architects’ speeches, urbanistic theories), lexical analysis (urbanistic terminology, architectural metaphors) or grammar (spatial markers and prepositions). The textual architecture can explore syntactic ordering, composition, text structure or “construction” grammars. Creation and recycling principles, notions which apply equally to architecture and linguistics, can also partake of speech construction. Through verbalisation or spatialisation, through verbal or architectural communication, the speaker and the architect are subjected to numerous constraints (language, technique) despite a certain freedom...

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