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Texts, Textual Acts and the History of Science by Karine Chemla

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By Karine Chemla

The e-book provides the results of an leading edge study programme within the heritage of technological know-how and implements a textual content Act idea which extends Speech Act concept, on the way to illustrate a brand new method of texts and textual communicative acts. It examines assertives (absolute or conditional statements, forecasts, assurance, etc.), directives, declarations and enumerations, in addition to types of textual devices permitting authors to accomplish those acts: algorithms, recipes, prescriptions, lexical templates for terminological reviews and enumerative constructions. The booklet is dependent upon the research of a extensive diversity of files of the previous facing a variety of domain names: arithmetic, zoology, medication, lexicography. The files tested come from scholarly assets from diversified components of the area, equivalent to China, Europe, India, Mesopotamia and are written in numerous ecu languages in addition to chinese language, Cuneiform and Sanskrit. This method proves fruitful in either heritage of technology and textual content Act Theory.

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A first hypothesis could be that this type of text was used to classify problem statements that existed prior to the enumeration. However, 1 Prologue: Textual Acts and the History of Science 35 that seems rather unlikely. ) in subsequent sub-enumerations seems to indicate that the enumeration does not record pre-existing problems. On the contrary, the text of the enumeration appears to have provided a framework for systematic production of problems statements. The form of the text was a tool for producing the enumeration, that is, its text as well as the items enumerated.

Using examples found in classical texts, he shows that the statement of exhaustivity does not imply that the actual list of items corresponding to it conforms to it exactly. Interestingly, some lists of items differ from the information given in the initial phrase. Virbel discusses the issue of interpretation this raises. 35 Some of these markers are specific to modern texts of enumerations. We shall encounter other ways of shaping the texts of enumerations in ancient texts. In fact, in scholarly texts as the example of Cambefort shows, enumerations that fulfill part or all of these criteria are multi-phrasal events.

An example is given below. Virbel analyzes the various features these elements can display in enumerations, focusing particularly on the markers that signal the presence of an enumeration, its beginning or the beginning of the items, and its end or the end of the items. ” Expressions of this kind may or may not assert the exhaustive character of the listed items. Virbel examines these assertives. Using examples found in classical texts, he shows that the statement of exhaustivity does not imply that the actual list of items corresponding to it conforms to it exactly.

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