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Kalbos ir teksto atmainas įvardijančių terminų problemos
Some problems of language and text related terms

Author(s): Rūta Marcinkevičienė
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Lietuvių Kalbos Institutas
Keywords: linguistic terms; language; text; discourse; text type; genre; equivalent; dictionaries; encyclopedias; theoretical papers; Corpus of Contemporary Lithuanian Language

Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with two groups of Lithianian linguistic terms. One group consists of the terms referring to different types and sorts of language as a system, e.g. literary, standard language, language and speech, written and spoken, public and private language, functional styles, etc. Another group comprises the names of the communicative units of language, i.e. text, discourse, text type, and genre. The first group is merely overviewed pointing out the need to have more consistent generic names, and some equivalents for widely spread linguistic terms in English, such as language for general purpose vs language for specific purpose, and registre. The second group of terms is analysed using three different sources: dictionaries and encyclopedias, theoretical papers, and the Corpus of Contemporary Lithuanian Language. Analysis of different sources revealed the discrepancy between the theoretical approaches to the notions mentioned above, definitions of the terms in general and specific dictionaries and their usage in the general corpus. It was suggested to widen the definition of the terms text and genre in order to make them compatible with the most recent theoretical approaches as well as everyday usage. The other two terms discourse and text type were suggested to be included in the list of linguistic terms and defined.

  • Issue Year: 2004
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 7-30
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Lithuanian