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Non-verbal Discourse of the Stripe in the Benin Army: Semiotic Aspects

1Laboratory for the Study of Media, Information and Communication (LEMIC), Abomey-Calavi, Benin


Journal of Linguistics and Literature. 2020, Vol. 4 No. 2, 79-84
DOI: 10.12691/jll-4-2-5
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Carmen Toudonou, Jean Euloge Gbaguidi. Non-verbal Discourse of the Stripe in the Benin Army: Semiotic Aspects. Journal of Linguistics and Literature. 2020; 4(2):79-84. doi: 10.12691/jll-4-2-5.

Correspondence to: Carmen  Toudonou, Laboratory for the Study of Media, Information and Communication (LEMIC), Abomey-Calavi, Benin. Email: carmenfifame@yahoo.fr

Abstract

The military stripe reveals a non-verbal discourse, linked, on the one hand, to the fact that it carries an implicit message: rank, but on the other hand, because beyond this message, which is based on conventions, the stripe also carries different values that ultimately induce social logics. The present study, based on a survey conducted among soldiers of different ranks and different branches within the Benin Army, allows us to highlight the non-verbal discourse of the stripe. This discourse, hardly perceptible to the layman's eye, induces several representations including that of hierarchy, pay grade and a certain notion of class, even of family.

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