Volume 16, Issue 3
  • ISSN 0302-5160
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9781
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SUMMARYConsigriificare is used in Modistic writings to express both the concept of signifying only in context and that of signifying in addition to another ele-ment. This fusion of meanings, distinct and unassociated in the correspond-ing Greek terms of sussemainein and possemainein, had come about already in the sixth century, when — as is evident from Boethius' commen-taries on Aristotle — possemainein was radically reinterpreted: while it originally meant "to mark with" or "to indicate", this compound came to be understood as "to indicate additionally", having been used exclusively in conjunction with accidental properties. However, a literal translation of possemainein, reflecting exactly Aristotle's purport of the term, is extant in Varronian adsignificare.RÉSUMÉLe terme consignificare sert, chez les Modistes, a exprimer la notion de "signifier uniquemerit en contexte" d'une part, et, d'autre part, celle de "si-gnifier additionnellement". Cette fusion de sens de deux termes grecs distincts, sussemainein et possemainein, se trouve déjà au VIe siàcle chez Boece qui, dans ses commentaires sur Aristote, traduit par consignificare le terme aristotelicien de possemainein en le reinterpretant ainsi a sa maniere. En effet, ce compose ne signifiait a l'origine que "conferer une marque a" (une res du monde réel) et, etant donne que dans ce cas il s'agissait toujours de proprietes accidentelles, possemainein en est venu au sens de "signifier additionnellement". Pourtant il existait fort bien une traduction litterale refletant exactement le terme grec au sens aristotelicien dans le verbe adsignificare de Varron.


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