The comic of verbal repetition and Molière Le comique de répétition verbale et Molière


Synergies Turquie, no.15, pp.29-43, 2022 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Journal Name: Synergies Turquie
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, Index Islamicus, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.29-43
  • Keywords: comic, Molière, pragmatics, verbal repetition
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


This article deals with the notions of comedy and repetition through selected excerpts from three plays by Molière. Among the different types of comic, 'verbal repetition' is a comedic device in its own right and is part of linguistic comedy. In this study, before showing this comic process favored by Molière, verbal repetition in the theater has been categorized according to forms, syntax, emotional causes, communicative, pragmatic and dramatic functions. Then some excerpts from Molière's three plays were analyzed within the framework of these parameters concerning verbal repetition. Finally, with a comparison made between the verbal repetitions in these extracts, we brought to light the differences especially with regard to the communicative and pragmatic functions.