Contribution à l'étude des enjeux de la rhétorique laconique: le cas des indications chiffrées

Translated title of the contribution: A contribution to the study of the stakes of Laconic Rhetoric - the case of figured estimations

Roselyne Koren

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Abstract

Today, thewords chosen to describe a terrorist attack are extremely important in the global assessment of that attack. The words chosen are usually biased, rather than being just the vehicles of a piece of technical information. Pseudo-objective reports do not always mean that the journalist is being non-interventional - there is a causal link between the assessment, the emotion this arouses and the call it makes on our compassion. This quantitative use of words is however likely to maintain a deterministic and immobilised presentation of terrorism ; it is the position of that minority of journalists who plead not in favour of compassion but of international political parading and the defence of consensual democratic values that should be adopted.

Translated title of the contributionA contribution to the study of the stakes of Laconic Rhetoric - the case of figured estimations
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)111-124
Number of pages14
JournalTopique
Volume83
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

Keywords

  • Number of victims
  • Qualitative rhetoric
  • Quantitative rhetoric
  • Role of language science

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