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Language and its Contexts-- Le Langage et ses contextes

Transposition and Transformation of Meaning?-- Transposition et transformation du sens ?

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Pierre-Alexis Mével and Helen Tattam

Inspired by a postgraduate French studies conference (University of Nottingham, 10 September 2008), this volume explores linguistic form and content in relation to a variety of contexts, considering language alongside music, images, theatre, human experience of the world, and another language. Each essay asks what it is to understand language in a given context, and how, in spite of divergent expressive possibilities, a linguistic situation interacts with other contexts, renegotiating boundaries and redefining understanding. The book lies at the intersection of linguistics and hermeneutics, seeking to (a) contextualise philosophical and linguistic discussions of communication across a range of media and (b) illustrate their intimate relations, despite differing strategies or emphases.
Puisant son inspiration dans un colloque de French studies pour doctorants (Université de Nottingham, 10 septembre 2008), cet ouvrage étudie forme et contenu linguistiques en relation avec différents contextes, considérant le langage conjointement avec la musique, les images, le théâtre, l’expérience du monde et un autre langage. Chaque chapitre dissèque la compréhension du langage dans un contexte donné, et se demande comment, en dépit de possibilités expressives divergentes, une situation linguistique interagit avec d’autres contextes, redessinant leurs frontières et redéfinissant la compréhension. Ce livre, situé à l’intersection entre la linguistique et l’herméneutique, a pour but de (a) contextualiser les discussions philosophiques et linguistiques sur la communication dans une gamme de médias et (b) démontrer leur relation intime, malgré des stratégies ou intentions différentes.

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Acknowledgements We would like to acknowledge the financial contributions granted by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Nottingham, without which publication of this work would not have been possible. Special thanks must equally be given to the Ambassade de France au Royaume-Uni, for its financial support of the conference initially inspiring this volume, and to Cyrielle Ruinart de Brimont, for her invaluable assistance when planning and organising this event. We are also grateful for the unwavering sup- port we have received from the Department of French and Francophone Studies at Nottingham, particularly from Kathryn Batchelor, Rosemary Chapman, and Sheila Perry, and from all of our fellow postgraduate stu- dents, who have assisted and encouraged us from the very beginning, help- ing with the organisation and running of the conference, as well as with reviewing, proofreading, and indexing: Oliver Astington, Sarah Brunell, Hocine Dimerdji, Adam Horsley, Ashwiny Kistnareddy, Robert Lockey, Samuel Matuszewski, Helen Neat, Mason Norton, Bronwen Pugsley, Claire Rutherford, Inés Soria-Donlan, Graham Wainwright-Brown.

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