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The journal Mots. Les Langages du politique falls within the scope of an interdisciplinary perspective between Language Sciences, Political Science, and Information and Communication Sciences.
Mots. Les Langages du politique publishes thematic feature articles, articles under the heading of “Varia,” research papers, and reviews. The articles are published in French and accompanied by abstracts with key words in French, English, and Spanish.
The journal is published with support from the CNRS, and the scientific support of the UMR CRAPE-ARENES, ICAR, Triangle, the EA CEDITEC and the Society for the Study of the Languages of Politics (SELP).

Latest issue
132 | 2023
Les mots du vote de la Rome antique à la Révolution française

Sens et significations, traductions, réappropriations
Words describing voting, from Ancient Rome to the French Revolution. Meaning and significance, translations, reappropriations
Palabras de voto desde la antigua Roma hasta la Revolución Francesa. Significados y acepciones, traducciones, reapropiaciones
Edited by Louis Autin, Virginie Hollard, Romain Meltz and Valérie Bonnet

Since no comprehensive study has yet been devoted to the Latin vocabulary describing voting, this issue proposes to approach the analysis of these ancient political realities from the lexicological angle, which is often neglected in historical approaches. Although the Romans did have a rich vocabulary to describe the practices of appointing people to public offices, the strictly technical aspect of this vocabulary are not obvious; and so it is necessary to study the historical, political and literary contexts in which the principal Latin terms covering elections, like creare, facere, suffragium (among others) are used. Even during the ancient period alone, the lively and changing lexicon covering voting – between Latin and Greek, Republican and Imperial times – enjoyed a considerable richness, and during the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Classical Age, as the words were read, interpreted and sometimes translated by the commentators of the classical texts and the political actors of these periods. Consequently, it was important to offer analyses in the context of the various settings where this vocabulary could be reused, or even made more popular. Turning to Latin words to refer to voting is not the same in municipal Italy of the 13th-14th centuries, during the debates on the notion of sovereignty in the 16th century, or those on citizenship in the 18th century. The translation of these terms implies ideological choices, conscious or unconscious, whether it be Pierre Bersuire (c. 1350), the first translator of the works of Livy and of the word suffragium into French, or antiquity enthusiasts of the contemporary period.


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