Ambivalence et énantiosémie

Abstract : Psychological ambivalence, in other words the simultaneous presence of opposite desires or tendencies, is reflected in language through « énantiosémie », which is the combination of two opposite meanings in one word. Freud perceived it when acquainting himself with the linguist Abel's work. Language is learnt at the time when the ambivalence between fusion with and separation from the mother is taking place and it is deeply marked by this experience. Desire is ambivalent and so is the process of sublimation. The « énantiosémie » flows concealed in language, as well as the subconscious. But it underlies lexicon, syntax and semantics –most particularly as far as negation is concerned-, prosody, phonology and figures of speech. It is linked to the malleability of language which may mean both one thing and its opposite. Finally, it lies at the core of mind and imagination. It is magnified by poetry through the harmony of opposites, as it is revealed by a few text analysis.
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Josette Larue-Tondeur. Ambivalence et énantiosémie. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. Université de Nanterre - Paris X, 2009. Français. ⟨tel-00410049v2⟩



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