The verb 'silenciar' in Spanish, a word that has no literal translation in French, has two diametrically opposed meanings, and thus highlights a contradiction inherent in the study of silence: it is the action of a subject who chooses to keep silent about something, but it is also the submission of a subject by another, in other words, the exercise of a constraint on another. This contradiction can be seen in the various productions, especially literary ones, of Spanish-speaking territories. However, it also appears in other dimensions, through different conflicts, social, or philosophical choices...
Silenciar : "callar u omitir algo sobre algo o alguien"; "hacer callar a alguien o algo". Definition from the Diccionario de la Real Academia, online. "To withhold or omit something about someone or something"; "to silence someone or something".
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