Linguistic polyphony is an utterance act theory (la linguistique de l’énonciation) and is a French specialty. It deals with the numerous points of view that are likely to be communicated through an utterance. The book introduces utterance act theory and polyphony as such, but most especially focuses on the Scandinavian variant of polyphony, ScaPoLine. ScaPoLine is a formal linguistic theory whose main purpose is to specify the instructions conveyed through linguistic form for the creation of polyphonic meaning. The theoretical introduction is followed by polyphonic analyses of linguistic phenomena such as negation, mood, modality and connectors, and of textual phenomena such as represented discourse and irony. The book suggests how ScaPoLine could offer new insights within cross-linguistic and interdisciplinary studies.
Henning Nølke is Professor of French at Aarhus University, Denmark. He has published monographs, anthologies and many articles on French and general linguistics, including
Linguistique modulaire (Peeters, 1994) and
Le regard du locuteur 1+2 (Kimé, 1993, 2002).
Linguistic Polyphony. The Scandinavian Approach: ScaPoLine constitutes an essential reference for linguists, sociolinguists, and literary scholars because it deeply describes a new and innovative approach to polyphony that can effortlessly be adopted within a wide range of disciplines in order to analyse all the voices included within a text. -
Maria Assunta Ciardullo,
University of Calabria, Italy
Linguists in the Anglos-Saxon tradition interested in understanding the French tradition of linguistic studies, as well as anyone interested in approaches to analysing text and discourse.