Cryptic avatars: the ornamental illustrations of rare initial letters in French dictionaries

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Page741-746
AuthorThora van Male
TitleCryptic avatars: the ornamental illustrations of rare initial letters in French dictionaries
AbstractThis paper examines the ornamental illustration of rare initial-letters in some 19th and 20th century French dictionaries and attempts to show how these illustrations offer a few predictable — and somewhat exotic — items on the one hand, and on the other reveal a great many diversionary tactics meant to dissimulate the difficulty ofillustrating words that start with these letters. These tactics include 1) grouping of rare letters into a single head-piece; 2) graphic stratagems such as drawing "big" or adding irrelevant items; 3) breaching a thematic programme of illustrations for lack ofitems whose name starts with the necessary letter; 4) stratagems more related to the lexicon itself, such as addition of labels, illustrations based on variant or even fanciful spellings.
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@InProceedings{ELX02-083,
author = {Thora van Male},
title = {Cryptic avatars: the ornamental illustrations of rare initial letters in French dictionaries},
pages = {741-746},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 10th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2002},
month = {aug},
date = {13-17},
address = {København, Denmark},
editor = {Anna Braasch and Claus Povlsen},
publisher = {Center for Sprogteknologi},
isbn = {87-90708-09-1},
}
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