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The Notion of Sustainable Development in Various Languages: Semiolinguistic Approaches

Ferenc FODOR, Anne-Marie Anne-Marie HOUDEBINEh


In this article, we set out some results of a linguistic and semiolinguistic analysis1 of the notion of sustainable development in nine languages (French, English, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Greek, Hungarian, and Chinese). We bring to light differences in the translations and interpretations of this notion and complete the analysis with the semiolinguistic study of press articles, of speeches on the internet in order to collect the semantic fields and the specificities of usage context proper to this notion. We attempt to answer the following questions: what are the translations and the possible differences between these translations, and so between the possible interpretations of this notion in these languages (as it is the case between the French and English versions)? What are the semantic fields of this notion in these various languages? What are the representations relating to this notion? What are the convergences and divergences between the usage contexts in the languages taken into account?

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