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Football, society and language

Grant number: 13/07062-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2013
Effective date (End): September 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Modern Foreign Languages
Principal Investigator:Stella Esther Ortweiler Tagnin
Grantee:Sabrina Matuda
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The main objective of this study is to analyze how different football styles, the history of football in Brazil and in England, the cultural appropriation of the laws of the game practiced by each culture and other historical social factors influenced the creation of the football lexicon both in English and in Portuguese. The second objective is to develop a football glossary comprising culture-specific terminological units. To that aim, the study is based on the notions of Corpus Linguistics and Textual Terminology. To explain cultural differences, technical translation is viewed as a communicative act subject to cultural restraints, and the concept of form-representation is called upon to elucidate such differences. Our corpus consists of approximately two million words - 1.002.897 in English and 917.073 in Portuguese. Each corpus is divided into four subcorpora: laws of the game, newspaper reports on match results, live minute by minute commentaries and live commentaries by sports journalists and by football fans via social media like Twitter and Facebook. Newspaper reports on match results from the 1930 to the 2014 world cup are being added to the corpus so as to enrich the historical dimension of the project and contribute to the identification of terms used throughout the 20th and 21st century. The analysis will be carried out semi-automatically on tagged corpora, for which we will use Helmut Schmid's Tree-Tagger and Mike Scott's WordSmith Tools. (AU)

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MATUDA, Sabrina. Footballs: a corpus-driven analysis of football lexicon in Brazilian Portuguese and British English. 2015. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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