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Sense and reference. A tribute to Georges Kleiber

Les théories du sens et de la référence. Hommage à Georges Kleiber

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Published on Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Organisés par l'Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, les colloques Res per nomen (RPN) sont traditionnellement consacrés à la question de la référence en langue, vue du point de vue de la philosophie et de celui de la linguistique. RPN1 (en 2007) a fait le bilan de la question ; RPN2 (en 2009) l'a abordée sous l'angle anthropologique ; et RPN3 (en 2011) a examiné la question de la conscience et du sujet énonciateur. Cette année, le colloque Res per nomen 4 entend traiter des diverses théories du sens et de la référence. En France, la question de la référence en langue a été réintroduite dans la réflexion linguistique par Georges Kleiber à partir des années 1980. Res per nomen 4 voudrait être l'occasion de faire un bilan de son apport à la compréhension du langage, et notamment en ce qui concerne son concept-clé, la dénomination.



The Res-per-nomen conferences have previously dealt with reference in language from the point of view of both linguistics and philosophy. RPN1 (in 2007) took stock of the referential paradigm; RPN2 (in 2009) looked at reference from the point of view of anthropology; and RPN3 (in 2009) examined the question of consciousness and the speaking subject.

Res-per-nomen 4 will look into the many theories of sense and reference. While the philosophical tradition is very rich in such theories, in linguistics, however, reference was explicitly eschewed by the founding fathers of modern linguistics, Saussure and Bloomfield, not because they thought reference did not have its rightful place in the study of language, but because they found it more pressing to concentrate on language as a system of signs. Later, the Saussurean concept of the sign as a signifiant/signifié double entity was adopted more or less explicitly by 20th century linguistics even though it went against a tradition dating back to Antiquity and the Middle-Ages of considering the sign as a triadic entity made up of three elements: res, conceptus and vox.

In France, Reference was reintroduced into linguistics by Georges Kleiber over the last three decades. Res per nomen 4 would like to take stock of his contribution to our understanding of language, particularly with regard to one of his key concepts: names and the naming process (dénomination in French). Linguists are invited to submit papers on sense and reference, from the point of view of Georges Kleiber or of other authors. Philosophers may look into the subject from the perspective of authors such as Wittgenstein, Nietzche, Peirce, Frege, Strawson, Putnam, Russell, Mauthner, Condillac, Taine, Merleau-Ponty, Maine de Biran, Rousseau, Vico, etc. It would be interesting (but not compulsory) to link these theories to Kleiber's.

Guest Speakers

  • Georges KLEIBER, Université de Strasbourg
  • Jean-Claude ANSCOMBRE, Université Paris Nord-Paris 13
  • David TROTTER, Aberystwyth University, Royaume-Uni
  • Maria-Luisa DONAIRE, Universidad de d'Oviedo
  • Denis VERNAN, Université Pierre-Mendès-France - Grenoble II
  • Marleen Van PETEGHEM, Universiteit Gent, Belgique

Submission Guidelines

Participants are invited to submit a presentation proposal in English or in French of 1200 words at most, including a short bibliography (6 titles).

It shall be written in Times New Roman 12, single line spacing, and shall feature title of presentation, name of author(s), affiliation and the number of words.

Send to: before October 30th, 2012.

Proposals will be anonymised by the organisation committee.

Presentations will last 30 minutes (10 minutes for questions).

A selection of papers will be made by the editorial committee after the conference and authors will be invited to write an article to be published in a volume of the Res per nomen collection. 


Le Conference will take place on May 30th, 31st and June 1st 2013 at Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne

Scientific committee

  • René DAVAL (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne), 
  • Pierre FRATH (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne), 
  • Jacques FRANÇOIS (Université de Caen Basse-Normandie), 
  • Christopher GLEDHILL (Université Denis Diderot Paris 7), 
  • Emilia HILGERT (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne), 
  • Cristina ILINCA (Universitaté de Piteşti, Roumanie), 
  • Francine KRAIT-GERHARD (Université de Strasbourg),
  • Jacques LEMAIRE (Université de Reims-Champagne-Ardenne), 
  • Henning NØLKE (Aarhus Universitet, Danemark), 
  • Marie LAMMERT (Université de Strasbourg), 
  • Silvia PALMA (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne), 
  • Charlotte SCHAPIRA (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology),
  • Hélène VASSILIADOU (Université de Strasbourg)



  • Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Campus Croix rouge - Université Reims Champagne-Ardenne, 57 rue Pierre Taittinger
    Reims, France (51)


  • Tuesday, October 30, 2012


  • théorie du sens, théorie de la référence, dénomination, Georges Kleiber


  • patricia oudinet
    courriel : patricia [dot] oudinet [at] univ-reims [dot] fr
  • Benoit Roux
    courriel : benoit [dot] roux [at] univ-rouen [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Benoit Roux
    courriel : benoit [dot] roux [at] univ-rouen [dot] fr


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