Friend or Enemy? A Case Study of Lexical Comparison between Italian, German and Japanese Bilingual Dictionaries

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Page821-825
AuthorMauro Costantino
TitleFriend or Enemy? A Case Study of Lexical Comparison between Italian, German and Japanese Bilingual Dictionaries
AbstractThis work aims to demonstrate with a case study of bilingual Italian-German, Italian- Japanese, and German-Japanese dictionaries, exactly to what extent lexical drifting can manifest itself. Through a few examples, the study will raise issues of gender and cultural problems in bilingual dictionaries, and the peculiar case of a distant language like Japanese in comparison to German and Italian. The importance of considering both cultural and background knowledge when both building and consulting bilingual dictionaries will be stressed, in order for one not to obtain an outcome contrary to expectation. Finally, suggestions about how to overcome these problems will be made, with consideration given to the difficulty of dealing with strongly culturally-bound terms and their meanings.
Session4. Bilingual Lexicography
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@InProceedings{ELX08-074,
author = {Mauro Costantino},
title = {Friend or Enemy? A Case Study of Lexical Comparison between Italian, German and Japanese Bilingual Dictionaries},
pages = {821-825},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 13th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2008},
month = {jul},
date = {15-19},
address = {Barcelona, Spain},
editor = {Elisenda Bernal, Janet DeCesaris},
publisher = {Institut Universitari de Linguistica Aplicada, Universitat Pompeu Fabra},
isbn = {978-84-96742-67-3},
}
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