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Le rôle du connecteur car (ou nam/enim) dans la prose historique : connecteur interphrastique ?

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Which role had the conjunction car (‘for’) in Old French ? Since car could be syntactically mixed with others, authors considered it sometimes a conjunction that began a main clause. But it also had another role, viz. a marker in prose texts. Thus, car became an essential element in the conversion of verse into prose.In this article, comparisons are made between Froissart’s Chronicle and the anonymous Anglo-Norman Prose Brut. Froissart clearly makes more use of it than the author of the Brut, which is perhaps due to the special way of composition of the Brut. This text does not represent a mechanical conversion into prose, whereas Froissart’s style seems more conversational, since he described what he heard and saw and put it into his own words.In a study on Knighton’s Chronicle, the author eventually asks whether Latin influence could explain the high frequency of car in French : the evidence provided here clearly supports the lack of influence of Latin on French chronicle composition.

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