Linguistic interdiction, with its imposition of avoiding evocative words of fearful emotions, is the cause of the pulverization of lexicon. Tracing the multiplication of referents, the diverse sectors within which prohibitions of various nature have operated in the past (and often continue to operate) are identified, in most cases in an unsuspected manner: the religious senti-ments, the wonder and fear in front of immense atmospheric and geological phemena, the mysterious behaviour of many insects and animals, the sudden and unexplainable emergence of pathological and sickly state of mind, sexuality, death.
Remo Bracchi, Papstliche Universitat der Salesianer in Rom.
Walter de Gruyter
Date of Publication
Language Learning: Self Study
Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fa1/4r Romanische Philologie