Semantics and Pragmatics of False Friends

1st Edition

Pedro J. Chamizo-Domínguez

Routledge
Published November 9, 2010
Reference - 200 Pages
ISBN 9780415887885 - CAT# Y113002
Series: Routledge Studies in Linguistics

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Summary

This book approaches the topic of false friends from a theoretical perspective, arguing that false friends carry out a positive role as a cognitive device, mainly in literature and jokes, and suggesting some pragmatic strategies in order to restore the original sense of a text/utterance when a given translator (or a foreign speaker) falls victim to false friends. This theoretical account is successively verified by appealing to texts from the fields of literature, science, philosophy, journalism, and everyday speech.

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