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En réalité : de la modalisation à l’organisation du discours

Abstract : Our paper aims at identifying the syntactic, semantic and discourse functions of en realité (lit. in reality) in contemporary French. En réalité shows two different realizations in our corpus (150 occurrences drawn from the newspaper Le Monde): either it constitutes an intraphrastic adjunct encoding a circumstantial complement (ER1), or it constitutes an extraphrastic adjunct encoding a sentence operator (ER2). Most occurrences of ER2 can be regarded as encoding an evidential modal localizing the source of evidence in the knowledge of reality and presupposing the existence of an alternative source evidence, different from reality and therefore fallacious. This presupposition led many authors to consider ER2 as a marker of rectification. We show that ER is not intrinsically either an opposition or a reformulation connective. When ER2 appears linearly at the left of the sentence, it can be analyzed as an abstract discourse localizer, serving a framing rather than a connective function for the organization of discourse.
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Michel Charolles, Paola Pietrandrea. En réalité : de la modalisation à l’organisation du discours . Travaux de Linguistique : Revue Internationale de Linguistique Française, De Boeck Université, 2012, pp.111-142. ⟨hal-01404868⟩



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