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By Rosa Maria Bollettieri Bosinelli, Carla Marengo, Christine van Boheemen

The papers amassed during this quantity catch the various pleasure of the 11th foreign James Joyce Symposium, held in Venice and Trieste, June 1988. ‘The contents of this ebook are under no circumstances as restrictive because the identify could recommend. The participants discover not just Joyce’s ‘languages’ and modes of verbal exchange and that means, yet, in addition, recommendations of importance and verbal exchange in broader contexts. via Joyce, the writers discover and boost their very own techniques and theories approximately language and languages, approximately semiotics and figuring out. And approximately psychology, gender, body structure, politics, philosophy, linguistics, technology, and tradition. approximately literature in different words.’

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387-8) containing the story of the cat 16 GIORGIO MELCHIORI of Beaugency; a story that, under the title The Cat and the Devil, has by now reached the status of a children's classic. S. The devil mostly speaks a language of his own called Bellsybabble which he makes up himself as he goes along but when he is very angry he can speak quite bad French very well though some who have heard him say that he has a strong Dublin accent. Grandfather James Joyce stands revealed. Forced by his residence in France (the letter is from Villers sur Mer) to speak French with an ineradicable Dublin accent, his real self makes up all the time his work in progress in Bellsybabble - the language of Beelzebub, or rather a babble and a Babel of languages in which surely the Dublin accent can still be detected.

But while in Dublin the predominant idiom was that of the conquering nation, England, which had all but obliterated the native Gaelic, in Trieste the lingua franca currently used was not that of the conquerors, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but that of the conquered Italian community. And most significantly the other races and nationalities coexisting in Trieste, in order to establish a new local identity, to acknowledge themselves as part of an integrated community, had chosen not to speak the language of the THE LANGUAGES OF JOYCE 11 alien ruling power, but that of the largest ethnic group that the Venetians had rooted there centuries ago: Italian.

Well, every example of epiphany in the early works of Joyce, as well as the whole of Ulysses, is a seminal source for studying this type of textual strategy. There is an immense literature on Joyce's puns and there is an immense literature on the semiotic revisitation of Rhetoric. The Liège Group in its Rhétorique générale (1970) has widened the field of rhetorical figures by distinguishing four types of operations which usually arise and work on both the level of expression (signifier) and that of content (signified) of the semiotic system, as well as on both lexical unities and syntactic chains.

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