Lege Artis Medicinae

[Everyday talk, therapeutic conversation]

LŐRINCZ László

FEBRUARY 24, 1993

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1993;3(02)

[Natural language, as we speak it every day, "simply serves life", writes Bally. "It drives speech in the service of action. There is persuasion, request, command, defence." The twists and turns of everyday speech show that to be expressive, to influence the other, "language must incessantly distort concepts, place them in a different tonality." It is illogical, for example, to say: run like the wind. Pleonasm: I saw it with my own eyes. We can say the opposite of what we think: "don't bother yourself." Bally goes on to say, "Where language does not provide the speaking individual with adequate means of expression for the form of thought, the pronunciation, the gesture, the facial expression, make up for the deficiency. One cannot name something without putting into it a minimum of expressivity, if not otherwise, by the way one pronounces its name" (1). ]

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