actant

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actant

(ˈæktənt)
n
(Grammar) linguistics (in valency grammar) a noun phrase functioning as the agent of the main verb of a sentence
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The accumulation of affective value can create vast social, cultural, and economic distances among actants and, thus, becomes an apt way of examining the forces that impact these consequential configurations.
Dixon's character shifts not only due to the actions and reactions of human characters but also due to the roles of non-living actants, including Mildred's billboards, the police file on Angela's death, a letter to Dixon, two fires, and a cup of juice.
At the same time, they described male actants with masculine classifications, and actually omitted women from linguistic description (Gorjanc 2005: 206), as they understood them merely as the feminine grammatical form and only referred to them with links to the existing descriptions for men with the explanation "the feminine form of" (Gorjanc 2017: 59).
The actants in this ecology are, on the human side, members of households and villages, including ritual experts called griang.
The book shifts away from a focus on the interiority of dramatic characters, placing them instead within networks of interpersonal relations and nonhuman 'actants' (borrowing from Latour): fathers, daggers, bonds, oracles.
Even in the short space of the few weeks I have been reading it to prepare this review, I have consulted it on several occasions to help inform work on environmental issues: Teena Gabrielson using the example of wildfires in a discussion on 'agency' and notions of human and non-human actants; Joan Martinez-Alier on the global environmental justice movement; John S.
Harnessing a micropolitical/minor ethics means approaching the world through a particular sensibility, one attentive to the numerous nuances making up the studied contexts because it is only from these nuances, which often involve non-human actants, that one may be able to prepare the ground for a positive, meaningful and relevant 'constitutive relationships'.
Their identity is changed through actants and occurrences in the collective, and there is no distinction between an essential identity and changing manifestation.
To obtain a deeper understanding of narrative functions we will use Greimas' functional theory of "actants" (1973; Greimas & Courtes, 1970; Bertrand, 2000).
Data are actants that are both continuously transformed and continuously transforming through various associations and translations.
Among the human actants of accounting inspection, the expert appointed by the judge and the technical assistant of the parties outstand.