Volume 6, Issue 3
  • ISSN 0302-5160
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9781
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SUMMARYIn this paper Claude Favre de Vaugelas' (1585-1650) Remarques sur la langue frangoise (1647) is first of all analyzed with reference to the 'expliticit theory' of synonymy as expounded in his article "Synonimes": for the author, the repetition of synonymous terms is subjected to rhetorical criteria of 'clarte du style' and of the success of inter-personal exchange. Subsequently, an attempt is made to characterize the 'implicit principles' underlying the comparison of semantically related terms as reflected in the author's actual practice throughout the articles. It is shown how this practice is articulated around the pair 'usage'/ 'raison': Vaugelas' position is successively analyzed in the face of synonymy of usage et non-synonymy of usage, whether or not they are, and for what varying reasons, in conformity with 'raison'. It is concluded that, however coherent it may be, this practice does not permit to theorize the problem of synonymy in a way such as to grant 'usage' generally a privilege over and above of 'raison'.RÉSUMÉDans les Remarques sur la langue frangoise (1647) de Claude Favre de Vaugelas (1585-1650), on analyse tout d'abord la 'theorie explicite' de la synonymie exposee a l'article "Synonimes": pour l'auteur, la repetition de termes sy-nonymes est soumise aux critères rhetoriques de la clarte du style et de l'echange inter-personnel reussi. Qn tente ensuite de caracteriser les 'principes implicites' sous-jacents a la comparaison de termes semantiquement apparentes, qui se reflètent dans la pratique meme de l'auteur au fil des articles. On montre comment cette pratique s'articule autour du couple usage/raison: on analyse la position de Vaugelas successivement face aux notions de synonymie d'usage et de non-synonymie d'usage, selon qu'il sont ou non, et pour des motifs variables, conformes a la raison. On conclut que, pour coherente qu'elle soit, cette pratique ne permet pas toutefois de theoriser le problème de la synonymie, dans la mesure ou le critère de l'usage se trouve systematiquement privilegé à celuidelaraison.


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