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09-02-2011
The Approach of Antoine Culioli to the Theory of the Utterer

KOUADJO Koffi Hilaire & KOUASSI Roland Raoul

University of Cocody, Abidjan

Introduction

General linguistics is addressed on the standpoint of two different approaches. The first involves
the concept of “langue” and is investigated by theories such as structuralism and generative
grammar while the second is known with reference to “parole” which is the subject of study of
uttering act theories. These theories are in turn twofold: a pragmatic approach and a grammatical
approach. The approach of Culioli refers to the grammatical aspect relying on the utterer as the
center of language production.
The objective of this paper is to overview the theory of Culioli known as the uttering act theory
so as to shed light on its specificities going from its early development up to its recent evolution.
We therefore suggest to overview the early developments of the Theory of the Utterer with
reference to both Gustave Guillaume and Emile Benveniste as pioneers of the concerned theory
before addressing the model of Culioli.
 
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