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Some 25 French Academics discuss the relationship between telling and giving. As John Austin once said, saying is not just doing, but also giving.Language is basically a relationship with extended powers as in the case of poetry, prayer, pledge, also in psychoanalysis, words that cure by allowing a reflection on oneself. But words hold as much attraction as they are fraught with dangers, hence the need to keep them under close control. (All texts in French).