Articles scientifiques

Childhood Readings and the Genesis of Names in the Earthsea Novels of Ursula K. Le Guin

C. L. ROBINSON

Children's Literature

2010, vol. 38, n°1, pp.92-114

Départements : Langues et Cultures

Mots clés : Childhood, Readings, Genesis, Names, Earthsea, Novels, Ursula, Le Guin


The creation of names in the Earthsea novels is a playful activity that reawakens a childlike sensitivity to the physical elements of speech and writing and revives memories of language-based experiences that include childhood readings and the encounter with foreign words and names, as often appear in juvenile literature

L'économie berlinoise : comment dépasser les ruptures imposées par l'histoire ?

H. BRODERSEN

Allemagne d'Aujourd'hui

octobre-décembre 2010, n°194, pp.31-57

Départements : Langues et Cultures


Scénarios de "sortie de crise" : le cas allemand

H. BRODERSEN

Allemagne d'Aujourd'hui

janvier-mars 2010, n°191, pp.8-21

Départements : Langues et Cultures


Teratonymy: The Weird and Monstrous Names of H.P. Lovecraft

C. L. ROBINSON

Names: A Journal of Onomastics

septembre 2010, vol. 58, n°3, pp.127-138

Départements : Langues et Cultures

Mots clés : Literary onomastics, Linguistic invention, Hp lovecraft, Twentieth-century literature, American literature, Weird fiction, Horror fiction, Teratology


Lovecraft's teratonyms are monstrous inventions that estrange the sound patterns of English and obscure the kinds of meaning traditionally associated with literary onomastics. J.R.R. Tolkien's notion of linguistic style provides a useful concept to examine how these names play upon a distance from and proximity to English, so as to give rise to specific historical and cultural connotations. Some imitate the sounds and forms of foreign nomenclatures that hold “weird” connotations due to being linked in the popular imagination with kabbalism and decadent antiquity. Others introduce sounds-patterns that lie outside English phonetics or run contrary to the phonotactics of the language to result in anti-aesthetic constructions that are awkward to pronounce. In terms of sense, teratonyms invite comparison with the “esoteric” words discussed by Jean-Jacques Lecercle, as they diminish or obscure semantic content, while augmenting affective values and heightening the reader's awareness of the bodily production of speech

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