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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

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Volume 2017, Issue 214 (Jan 2017)


Human action in narrative grammars

Thomas Pavel
Published Online: 2016-12-02 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2016-0202


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.


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.

Keywords: narratology; actant; figures

Mots-clés: narratologie; actant; figure


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Published Online: 2016-12-02

Published in Print: 2017-01-01

Citation Information: Semiotica, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2016-0202.

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