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Human action in narrative grammars

Thomas Pavel
From the journal Semiotica

Abstract

After sketching out a history of twentieth-century structuralist linguistics and poetics, the article presents Greimas’s theoretical contribution to the semiotic study of narratives at various levels, including actants, actors and their kinds of competence, the semiotic square that gives narratives their general meaning, the variety of figures employed, and the thematic fields evoked.

Résumé

Après un bref survol de l’histoire de la linguistique et de la poétique structurales au XXe siècle, l’article examine l’apport théorique de Greimas à l’étude sémiotique des récits à différents niveaux, dont celui des actants, des acteurs et de leurs compétences, celui du carré sémiotique dont la narration tire son sens général, les figures employées par le récit et le champ thématique qu’il évoque.

Mots-clés: narratologie; actant; figure

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Published Online: 2016-12-2
Published in Print: 2017-1-1

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