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Common slangs: development of a bilingual Italian-Portuguese glossary

Grant number: 12/23073-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2013
Effective date (End): August 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal Investigator:Marilei Amadeu Sabino
Grantee:Raphael Palermo dos Santos
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil


The present study firstly aimes to investigate theoretically the phenomenon of common slangs and vulgar language (erotic and obscene), whose exponent in Brazil is Dino Preti. Secondly, starting from a previously chosen corpus (the macrostructure of Daniela Gobetti's Italian-English bilingual glossary entitled Dictionary of Slangs and Colloquial Expressions in Italian), our aim is to elaborate a bilingual Italian-Portuguese glossary of usual slangs and vulgar expressions in Italian. For this purpose, given the ephemeral nature of slangs, we will have the collaboration of 4 native Italian informants in order to ascertain which terms are still usual in that language community. Finally, this new macrostructure will be described as entries containing the equivalent terms in Brazilian Portuguese and a sentence which clarifies the word meanings. This original survey aims to fulfill the existing gap in this area, since there is a lack of such works that contrast the Italian and Brazilian Portuguese languages.