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Observing Norm, Observing Usage

Lexis in Dictionaries and the Media


Edited By Alessandra Molino and Serenella Zanotti

This volume includes a collection of studies on the interplay between norm and usage in lexis, which is explored by looking at both dictionaries and the media. The title features the polysemous verb to observe, which is used both in the sense of «investigating» use/usage and in that of «respecting» norms. This thematic area is analysed from a synchronic perspective focusing predominantly on the lexis of four European languages, namely English, French, Italian and Spanish, although other languages are occasionally referred to (e.g. Catalan and Danish). The volume comprises nineteen chapters, which provide a wide-ranging, but deeply focused overview of the complex and challenging interrelation between sites and processes of norm formation and the recontextualization, reconfiguration and re-creation of those norms. The book is structured in four thematic sections, which focus on the norm-setting role of dictionaries, the importance of authentic language use in recent lexicographic products, the impact of the Web on language usage as well as on the processes of norm creation and diffusion, and the impact of mass-mediated communication on lexis.
The volume contains contributions in English, French, Italian and Spanish.
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British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data: A catalogue record for this book is available from The British Library, Great Britain

Library of Congress Control Number: 2015942048

Financial support for the book comes from two main sources: 1. A nationally funded research project entitled “Within and Beyond Borders: Usage and Norm in Western European Languages” (PRIN 2009 WFSAAK, principal investigator: Giovanni Iamartino, University of Milan). The present volume stems from the activities of the research unit coordinated by Stefania Nuccorini (Roma Tre University) and including members from Roma Tre University and the University of Turin. The title of the local research project is “From Norm to Use, from Use to Norm: Awareness and Codification”. 2. The research project “English in Italy: Linguistic, Educational and Professional Challenges” co-financed by the Compagnia di S. Paolo, Progetti di Ateneo 2012, University of Turin, and coordinated by Virginia Pulcini (University of Turin).

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