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Rôles et formes de l’adresse dans la lettre ouverte

Abstract : This article analyses the issue of address and adressivity in five open letters written in the aftermath of the 9/ 11 attacks on the United States. These letters were written by (American, German and Muslim) intellectuals, lay (American) citizens and (militant) Muslims. More particularly, the article analyses the modes of address and interpellation resorted to, the intersubjective positioning that characterizes each of these open letters, the positions assigned to the interlocutors, as well as audience and ethos constructions. It will be shown that the modes of address in these letters depend, partly, on the conventions of the open letter as a textual genre, but also that they depend mainly on the values and principles each open letter defends and promotes and in the name of which it addresses a particular target audience. Finally, it will appear that the question of address and adressivity is deeply shaped by the rhetorical aims of each of these letters: to build consensus, to stage dissensus and disagreement or to be entrenched in an agonistic position.
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Mohamed Saki. Rôles et formes de l’adresse dans la lettre ouverte. Le Tour Critique, Université Paris Nanterre, 2013, Destins de l'adresse, 1, pp.125-145. ⟨hal-01121123⟩



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