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La “mauvaise langue” mérite-t-elle d'être étudiée ?

Abstract : Some grammarians take a prescriptive stance on language, praising the speakers who use it well and condemning those who use it wrongly. Any phonological or morphosyntactic form that does not meet the requirements of the purists, or the speakers even, is to be considered as incorrect. This paper deals with the theme of ‘the evil tongue’ from a linguistic, descriptive point of view, and analyzes, in terms of variation, Standard and Non-Standard varieties alike. It shows that language is systematic, and that it is necessary to take into account the situation in which the speakers use it. Thus constitutive principles can be worked out to account for given uses in context, either good or bad. The conditions of production and comprehension of ordinary language, be it Standard or Non-Standard – including child language –, can be brought to light in terms of enunciative operations within a subject-regulated theoretical framework: therefore the grammar of ‘the evil tongue’ is worth studying.
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Catherine Filippi-Deswelle. La “mauvaise langue” mérite-t-elle d'être étudiée ?. Sous la direction de Florence Cabaret; Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin. Mauvaises langues !, Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2013, 978-2-87775-567-2. ⟨hal-01779046⟩

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