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Navigating Maritime Languages and Narratives

New Perspectives in English and French


Edited By 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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8 Negotiated Terms in Maritime Transport of Goods in Bulk (Michele Martucci)


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8 Negotiated Terms in Maritime Transport of Goods in Bulk


The international shipping market of goods in bulk is characterized by a specific terminology, part of which has acquired different meanings from the common language. This article describes the negotiation and analyses the typical words frequently used in the final ‘recap of main terms’. This document plays a major role in the international shipping market of goods in bulk, in which two different documents – one for the voyage charter and a second one for the time charter – are normally used. Despite their differences, it is possible to find in both of them specific terms that during the years have acquired specific meaning in the market. In this respect, the study aims to discuss the most frequent keywords used between counterparties that can be found in all final recaps of main terms. Laycan, laytime calculation, laydays, cancelling, notices, demurrage, despatch, subjects, etc., are words that in the shipping market have specific meanings, already described by other scholars in the field. The basic purpose of the study is to analyse the type of communication (written and spoken) between all parties involved, and how all needs and wishes can be frequently summarized in few keywords; at the same time, the article examines the specific language used in the shipping market through a direct, pragmatic analysis of real case studies in a shipping company.

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