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Applying Eugenio Coseriu’s Linguistic Organon to Synonymy
Applying Eugenio Coseriu’s Linguistic Organon to Synonymy

Author(s): Cristinel Munteanu
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Editura Alfa
Keywords: synonymy; linguistic “Organon”; competence; norm; system

Summary/Abstract: Taking as a starting point Eugenio Coseriu’s coherent and unitary linguistical theory (also called integral linguistics), we have tried to apply, within the general study of synonymy (lexical, phraseological and lexico-phraseological), distinctions such as: language as activity [enérgeia], competence [dýnamis] and product [érgon] to its three levels (universal, historical and individual); norm and system; historical language and functional language, etc. From this point of view, the Romanian language (as a historical language) is seen as a “collection” of functional languages. As far as we are concerned, we were interested in pointing out, for each of Coseriu’s levels in turn, the difference between synonymy in actu (the real one) and synonymy in potentia (the virtual or potential one). We also aimed at drawing attention to the importance of competence (mainly the idiomatic and expressive ones) in the analysis of different types of synonymy as “knowledge” in using the synonyms.

  • Issue Year: V/2009
  • Issue No: 2 (10)
  • Page Range: 51-61
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English