OBSERVING NORMS, OBSERVING USAGE: LEXIS IN DICTIONARIES AND IN THE MEDIA

By October 30, 2012

Seminar Announcement – Turin, 9-10 May 2013
Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature Straniere e Culture Moderne

OBSERVING NORMS, OBSERVING USAGE: LEXIS IN DICTIONARIES AND IN THE MEDIA
OSSERVARE LE NORME, OSSERVARE L’USO: IL LESSICO NEI DIZIONARI E NEI MEDIA
OBSERVER LES NORMES, OBSERVER L’USAGE: LE LEXIQUE DANS LES DICTIONNAIRES ET DANS LES MEDIAS
OBSERVAR LAS NORMAS, OBSERVAR EL USO: EL LEXICO EN LOS DICCIONARIOS Y EN LOS MEDIOS
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The Seminar will focus on the lexis of the languages represented in the PRIN project (Italian, English, French and Spanish) and on aspects of variability, compositionality and creativity, which make lexis an area strongly affected by variation between norm and usage. In the title of the seminar the polysemous verb ‘to observe’ is used both in the sense of ‘analyse’ and ‘investigate’, on the one hand, and ‘respect’ (norm and usage), on the other. It will cover two thematic areas, explored from a synchronic perspective: lexis in dictionaries and lexis in the media. The distance between these two apparently separate poles does not exclude analyses which compare these two ‘loci’ where lexis comes to life and regenerates.

Guest speakers:
Henri Béjoint (Université Lyon)
Henrik Gottlieb (Københavns Universitet)
Carla Marello (Università di Torino)

Thematic areas:

● Lexis in dictionaries:

1. Corpus-based dictionaries: norm based on usage?
2. Comparing word-lists: inclusion, frequency, innovation, institutionalization
3. Norm-based, unconventional or deviant vocabulary
4. Phraseology: treatment and translation equivalents
5. General and specialized vocabulary
6. Culture, ideology and stereotypes in dictionaries

● Lexis in the media (audio-visuals)

1. Lexical creativity in audio-visual products
2. Audio-visual translation
3. Representation of geographical and social variation in audio-visual products
4. Language, culture and register in audio-visuals
5. Linguistic innovation and normalization in subtitling and dubbing

Deadlines
300 word abstracts in any of the Seminar languages (Italian, English, French, Spanish) should be e-mailed to Virginia Pulcini and to Stefania Nuccorini by November 15th
Acceptance notification by December 30th

Scientific Committee: Virginia Pulcini, Stefania Nuccorini, Nadia Minerva, Félix San Vicente, Giovanni Iamartino, Roberta Facchinetti

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