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minor: clearer phrasing to convey the idea of reification
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  1. L'idée que la mémoire est un endroit, ou un lieu, duquel on peut extraire les renseignements est ancienne. C'est réifié en des techniques mnémoniques, comme L'Art de mémoire (Notez ici que la référence en anglais est plus informatif).

The idea that memory is a place from which information can be retrieved is an ancient one. It has concrete expression in the mnemonic techniques of e.g. the method of loci.

  1. From the same source Casad p.359 (from Google Books)

"The figure is an object whose location is being described and the ground is a second object or location with reference to which the figure is located."

Coupling that with your quote from p.361 indicates that when the text talks about a source use it is refering to the use of de to indicate that some fact or poem or dream originates or is sourced from memory. So, yes mémoire would be the source, or in the text's terminology the ground.

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