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Language and the game of chess


The comparison between a game, in particular the game of chess, and language, has a long tradition in philosophy and in language sciences. Greimas was thus following in the wake of his predecessors Saussure, Hjelmslev, and Wittgenstein when he put forward a semiotic view of this analogy. I shall review and comment on the texts of these three earlier thinkers as a way of introducing the views of Greimas and examining the shift in his thinking and the position he adopts. An interpretative reading of the brief article he devoted to the question enables us, moreover, to underline what the semiotic action of theorising language actually consisted of, in its method and epistemology, and also to show that underneath the demand for scientificity lies a “quête inquiète”1 (unquiet quest) regarding the “paraître imparfait” (imperfect appearance) of meaning.
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Dominique Ducard. Language and the game of chess. Semiotica, 2017, A. J. Greimas - Life and semiotics, 214, pp.199-217. ⟨10.1515/sem-2016-0201⟩. ⟨hal-01610993⟩


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