La Grammaire au Service de la Galanterie? Analyse de Les « Vous » et les « Tu » de Voltaire

  • Françoise Paulet Dubois Lycee bilingue I.E.S. Alboran
Keywords: Voltaire, poetry, irony and politeness, address pronouns

Abstract

In his epistle Les "Vous" et les "Tu", Voltaire calls his sweetheart "tu" and
"valls" alternately. He could use the familiar address when she was young
and unambitious, but now that she has become a rich and distant lady, this
familiarity is not possible anymore. This alternation of formal and infonnal
address, analysed in the light of the theory of politeness, evokes the many,
someti.rncs contradictory, values of these two pronouns .

Published
2009-09-30
How to Cite
Dubois, F. P. (2009). La Grammaire au Service de la Galanterie? Analyse de Les « Vous » et les « Tu » de Voltaire. Linguistica Atlantica, 30, 47-58. Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/la/article/view/22642
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