Book Chapter

« “Certes, je lis cet autheur avec un peu plus de reverence et de respect” (II, 10). The Essais and corpus linguistics »

Veronique Duche

Global Montaigne. Mélanges en l’honneur de Philippe Desan | Classiques Garnier | Published : 2020


We examine Montaigne’s use of “certes” as marker in the Essays from a Linguistic Corpus Approach. While according to critics, the distinguo method is at the heart of the Essays, this rhetoric and argumentative device is in fact little used by Montaigne. A comparison with texts by his contemporaries (including Léry, Aubigné, Pasquier) makes it possible to identify more closely the specific features of Montaigne's writing.

University of Melbourne Researchers