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Langue de l'enseignement : Anglais

Niveau de l'enseignement : C1-Autonome - Utilisateur expérimenté

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M2 S1 “What’s in a Noun?”

The general properties of nouns will be defined to establish “what’s in a noun”. The first part of the course will be devoted to the noun as a part of speech. The different types of nouns will be studied. Syntactic and semantic criteria will be taken into consideration to characterize nouns which enable us to categorize entities of the world. The notions of characterization and referentiality are essential and so is that of prototype in order to describe the semantic structure of nouns. The category of number will also be explored in relation with nominal categorization.
Theoretical notions will be illustrated by analysing excerpts and texts.
Students will contribute to the seminar by presenting research papers and book chapters.

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Bibliographie, lectures recommandées

HUDDLESTON, Rodney and PULLUM, Geoffrey, The Cambridge Grammar of the English language, Cambridge University Press, 2002, chapter 16, « Information packaging ».
QUIRK, Randolph, A Grammar of Contemporary English, Longman, 1972, chapter 14, “Focus, Theme and Emphasis”, p. 935-972.
SMITH Carlota, Modes of Discourse. The Local Structure of Texts, Cambridge, 2003 (particularly chapters 7, 8, 9, p. 155-240)
Cotte, P. “Le nom, l’indéfini et le défini », Actes du colloque de l’ALAES, janvier 2001
Fontaine, L. “The Noun, Grammar and Context”, in Alex Xuanwei Peng and Jonathan Webster (eds.) The Making of Meaning: Grammar, Society and Consciousness. London: Bloomsbury.
Haspelmath, M. Word Classes and Parts of Speech, Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier Science Ltd, 2001.
Huddleston R. & Pullum G.K. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, Chapter 5 Nouns and Nouns Phrases, 2002.
Langacker, R.W. "Nouns and Verbs", Language 60.
Wierzbicka, A. “What’s in a Noun?”, Studies in Language 10:2, 1986.
Wierzbicka, A. « Why Can You Have a Drink When You Can't *Have an Eat?”, Language 58, 1982.


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