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Actes de langage et plaisanteries sexuelles chez les Yucuna et Tanimuca d'Amazonie colombienne

Abstract : The article seeks to evaluate the heuristic scope of John Austin's notion of speech act for the linguistic anthropologists by focusing specifically on a kind of speech neglected by the language philosophers and linguists: sexual jokes. The notion of speech act having opened a whole series of paths of research (already pointed out by Austin), the article proposes a classification of the main methodological traditions used: 1) individualist or intentionalist approaches, 2) approaches focused on the sequencing of cooperative acts or exchanges, and 3) both interactionist and holistic approaches. Our ethnographic materials are composed of series of sexual jokes spontaneously said in the vicinity of La Pedrera: one in Yucuna language at the beginning of a clearing, the other in Tanimuca language during a night drinking. Two examples of approaches are used to compare their results in ethnographic conditions: the intentionalist approach adopted by Searle (in his critique of Grice’s theory) and the interactionist and holistic approach of Labov and Goffman.
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Laurent Fontaine. Actes de langage et plaisanteries sexuelles chez les Yucuna et Tanimuca d'Amazonie colombienne. 2018. ⟨hal-03139943⟩



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