Title
L'insoutenable légèreté de la préposition **en** L'insoutenable légèreté de la préposition **en**
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
Oradea ,
Subject
Linguistics
Source (journal)
Studii de lingvistic«0103». - Oradea, 2011, currens
Volume/pages
1(2011) :1 , p. 9-28
ISSN
2248-2547
Carrier
E
Target language
French (fre)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Although the French preposition en has a very flexible meaning, it is possible to distinguish two broad classes of senses: (i) the localizing ones, where en expresses, roughly, interiority in several domains of experience, and (ii) the qualifying ones, where the use of en implies a qualification of the first element of the relation expressed by the preposition. The localizing senses were commonly used in old French, but the relation between the two classes of senses mentioned above has shifted and the qualifying sense is by far the most frequent one in contemporary French. We argue, however, (i) that this qualifying sense gets different interpretations according to the contexts in which the preposition occurs, and (ii) that in some of its uses the preposition is part of larger constructions, so that
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/570b28/267e6bcd.pdf
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