Phonosemantic accuracy in bilingual dictionaries: English and Estonian derogatory words

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Page531-535
AuthorEnn Veldi
TitlePhonosemantic accuracy in bilingual dictionaries: English and Estonian derogatory words
AbstractThe past two decades have witnessed considerable progress in the development of phonosemantic theory. Unfortunately, surprisingry little has been published about the application of these ideas to bilingual lexicography. The paper analyses dictionary equivalents for English and Estonian derogatory words in the light of the finding that derogation is often phonosemantically encoded by labio-velarity (Wescott; Voronin). As Estonian (a Finnic language) is rich in expressive vocabulary, search for phonosemantically encoded equivalents allows to improve the phonosemantic accuracy of a dictionary to a considerable degree. The principles can be applied to language pairs other than English and Estonian and are also of some help to compilers of monolingual dictionaries (especially with regard to the treatment of expressive synonyms).
SessionBilingual Lexicography
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@InProceedings{ELX04-059,
author = {Enn Veldi},
title = {Phonosemantic accuracy in bilingual dictionaries: English and Estonian derogatory words },
pages = {531-535},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 11th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2004},
month = {july},
date = {6-10},
address = {Lorient, France},
editor = {Geoffrey Williams and Sandra Vessier},
publisher = {Université de Bretagne-Sud, Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines},
isbn = {29-52245-70-3},
}
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