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Semantics and Pragmatics of False Friends

1st Edition

By Pedro J. Chamizo-Domínguez


200 pages

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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.


'…an illuminating and fascinating book.' - Jan Harald Alnes, University of Tromso

"Chamizo-Dominguez is a multilingual author who made the most of his knowledge of several languages to write a book with such scope and insightful depth….The diversity of languages, comprehensiveness of analysis, and the author's devotion to the topic make the book an essential reference for all scholars interested in the topic of false friends." --Ahmed Seddik Al-Wahy, The Canadian Journal of Linguistics

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments. Introduction 1. Clearing the Terrain 2. Synonymy, Polysemy and Homonymy 3. Semantics of False Friends: Borrowings, Calques and Inheritances 4. Semantics of False Friends: Tropical False Friends 5. Pragmatics of False Friends 6. Main theses Exposed and Conclusions. Notes. Bibliography. Index

About the Author

Pedro J. Chamizo Domínguez lectures in Philosophy of Language at The University of Malaga (Spain). He has published five books and several papers in Spanish, Slovakian, English, and French.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Linguistics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics