Intermediate writing, intermittent writing
Pads, note-taking, fragments of science
By way of introduction to the theme, this article shows the articulations between enunciation and conceptualization in scientific writings, more precisely in the rough drafts found in researchers’ notes and outlines. We develop this in two directions: the role of enunciation in inspiring new ideas, a notion that has been maturing in the various disciplines of the humanities (philosophy, anthropology, psychology, linguistics) since the 1970s; the specific nature of scientific conceptualization, and the work accomplished on the pivotal place of writing in all scientific activity.
Written traces are envisaged from the point of view of their capacity to pin down observations through language acts such as nomination. This leads us to specify the ways of working in various fields and their consequences on the perception of the role of enunciation with respect to conceptualization and invention.
Keywords: Enunciation, conceptualization, writing, nomination, invention
Langage et société n° 127 – mars 2009
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