15:46 Jun 11, 2016
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French language (monolingual) [PRO]
Bus/Financial - Government / Politics / Expressions
French term or phrase: constitution

My question is not so much about the word "constitution" as about whole sentences like:

Structuration des institutions : prise en compte des dynamiques naissantes au niveau national de ***constitution*** de réseaux de coopératives commerciales de production et de services dans les zones cotonnières ;

I'm meant to be translating an academic paper but the further I go, the more it seems to take the form of a PowerPoint.

I'm getting more and more "sentences" [sic] as above where there are so many noun and prepositional phrases plus "et" that you can't (okay 'I' can't) work out where one phrase stops and the next one begins.

I would simply like to know how easy or hard other translators and especially French speakers find the above example to parse.

For example, in the above, is it

'National Constitutional Level'


'Constitution of networks'?

But that is just one problem among many to my mind

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5 +1Formation/Mise en place (dans ce contexte)

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Formation/Mise en place (dans ce contexte)

Le mot "constitution vient du verbe latin constituere, qui signifie décider. Le préfixe "con-", du latin cum (avec) indique une action de groupe. C'est pourquoi une constitution est adoptée collectivement, souvent par un vote.

On retrouve cet esprit de décision dans la formation/élaboration /mise en place d'un groupe, comme dans ce texte.

Note added at 6 heures (2016-06-11 22:38:22 GMT)

Petite précision importante : souvent, le mot "constitution" au sens de texte fondateur des lois d'un pays s'écrit avec une majuscule. Ex. : la Constitution du 4 octobre 1958, (ou simplement "la Constitution") sous laquelle nous vivons encore en France aujourd'hui.

S'il signifie formation/élaboration /mise en place, le mot "constitution" s'écrit systématiquement avec une minuscule.

Note added at 7 heures (2016-06-11 22:47:22 GMT)

Pour l'emploi de la majuscule dans le mot "constitution", voir

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agree  Jean-Claude Gouin
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  -> Merci, Jean-Claude !
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