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"Dos monument, manifestations monstres" / "dos monumental, manifestations gigantesques" : quelques remarques à propos de la synonymie entre substantifs épithètes de qualification et adjectifs qualificatifs

Abstract : When used as modifying adjectives, nouns such as monument or monstre appear to lose the features characteristic of nouns, becoming essentially adjectives denoting a single quality. These nouns even tend to have adjectival synonym suggestions in dictionaries, as is the case for monstre. Therefore the question of the categorial membership of such uses arises: if monstre is synonymous with adjectives such as phénoménal and gigantesque, then does monstre acquire adjective status? A corpus analysis of some of these nouns shows that, despite some major affinities with qualifying adjectives, any synonymy with these adjectives remains very partial. The modifying noun tends to retain some of its semantic features rendering it unable to express a single feature, as is typical of adjectives.
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Mathilde Salles. "Dos monument, manifestations monstres" / "dos monumental, manifestations gigantesques" : quelques remarques à propos de la synonymie entre substantifs épithètes de qualification et adjectifs qualificatifs. Syntaxe et Sémantique, Presses Universitaires de Caen, 2020, Synonymie, polysémie et questions de sémantique lexicale, pp.39-53. ⟨10.3917/ss.021.0039⟩. ⟨hal-03159606⟩

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