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Navigating Maritime Languages and Narratives

New Perspectives in English and French


Raffaella Antinucci and Maria Giovanna Petrillo

The book collects scholarly essays in the fields of English and French maritime terminology and sea literature. It focuses on the linguistic, literary and cultural exploration of the sea, considering new directions for research in the vast domain of «thalassology». Structured into two sections, which reflect its two main areas of enquiry (terminological and literary) and cultural standpoints (Anglophone and Francophone), the collection breaks new ground in approaching the study of the sea from different perspectives and through the use of novel methodological tools. In particular, the theoretical framework and working instruments of corpus linguistics are recurrently applied, not only to the investigation of contemporary maritime terminology but also to the interpretation of literary and musical texts, thus combining quantitative and qualitative analysis. Indeed, interdisciplinarity and dialogism inform the volume, which invites its readers to set sail on a journey across different disciplinary and linguistic seas, and to explore the protean nature of maritime terminology and imagery.

Ce volume recueille des contributions de terminologie et littérature anglaise et française dans le domaine maritime. Le but principal est d'envisager de nouvelles pistes de recherche dans le vaste domaine de la «thalassologie», d'un point de vue linguistique, littéraire et culturel. Divisé en deux sections reflétant les principaux domaines d'investigation (terminologie et littérature) dans une optique anglophone et francophone, ce volume ouvre de nouvelles perspectives dans l'étude du domaine de la mer sous différents angles et à l'aide de nouveaux outils méthodologiques. En particulier, le cadre théorique et les instruments de travail de la linguistique de corpus sont appliqués non seulement en ce qui concerne l'étude de la terminologie maritime contemporaine, mais aussi en ce qui concerne l'interprétation des textes littéraires et musicaux, combinant de cette manière l'analyse quantitative et qualitative. En effet, l'interdisciplinarité et le dialogisme sont à la base de ce volume qui invite ses lecteurs à parcourir un voyage à travers différentes nuances disciplinaires et linguistiques du domaine en question et à analyser le caractère protéiforme de la terminologie maritime et de l'imagerie.

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5 Tagging the World of Tugs: A Corpus-driven Study of Marine Towing English Terminology (Agnese Daniela Grimaldi)


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5 Tagging the World of Tugs: A Corpus-driven Study of Marine Towing English Terminology


This corpus-driven study investigates the English terminology of ‘marine towing operations’, that is, the set of drawing operations of a vessel using another vessel to which the drawn vessel is attached by means of ropes or chains. As highlighted by international organizations and expert associations (most notably, the International Maritime Association and the International Association of Harbour Masters), such operations play a pivotal role in ensuring safety both in ports and at sea. The rationale for this paper is the need for a detailed analysis of the lexical patterns found in the terminology of this Maritime English technical subdomain, which are still to be widely explored by terminologists and accurately described in dictionaries and glossaries. To the purpose, the highly specialized lexicon of towing has been sampled in a small specialized corpus so as to examine frequency data, keywords, and their patterns of usage, by means of a corpus analysis software. The analysis shows that the terminology of marine towing operations revolves around a relatively small amount of highly technical keywords, which function as main nodes in multi-word terms. The findings also provide material for future studies aimed at compiling specialized translation tools.

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