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The terms of secularism. Morphological differentiation and semantic conflicts



ID: <10.3406/mots.1991.1606>·DOI: <10.3406/mots.1991.1606>


THE WORDS OF « LAÏCITE » MORPHOLOGY AND SEMANTICS The treatment of the words derived from the root « laïc- » (lay) given by French dictionaries from the 17th to the 20th century will be examined. The neologisms which appeared until the 19th с all belong to the religious register. Since the end of the 19th с the whole lexical family has been remodelled by sociopolitical meanings linked with the neologism « laïcité ».

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