Le présent suffit-il à faire l'histoire?


Our study discusses the ability of the présent historique, a tense « plus abstrait et donc plus difficile à comprendre » [more abstract and therefore more difficult to understand] (Béguin 1998, p. 36), to replace the passé simple (PS) in historical narration. It is based on a diachronic corpus of extracts taken from history books on the French Revolution, ranging from the beginning of the 19th century to the end of the 20th century. Firstly, we justify the primacy of the passé simple for historical narrative, while considering the wider areas of tense and aspect. After a description of the corpus and a summary of the hypotheses under study, we present our quantitative results with the aim of assessing the use of the présent historique in the corpus in comparison with other tenses. Finally, we study our corpus from a qualitative perspective and we try to conclude upon our initial hypotheses. © Revue Romane.

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College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA)
Additional Information: Department of Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen; distributed by Wiley-Blackwell (Blackwell Publishing). The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Uncontrolled Keywords: past historic,present historic,tense,aspect,history books,modern French,Language and Linguistics,Literature and Literary Theory,Linguistics and Language
Publication ISSN: 1600-0811
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2024 07:03
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 17:42
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2007
Authors: Labeau, Emmanuelle (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0041-8023)
Holyoak, Thomas



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