StatusThe thesis was presented on the 29 September, 2016
Approved by NCAA on the 15 November, 2016
Abstract– 0.47 Mb / in romanian
ThesisCZU 811.135.1´373.49 (043.2)
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Euphemisms in present day language: structural, semantic and usage peculiarities. Doctoral thesis in Philology, Balti, 2016.
Structurally, the thesis consists of an introduction, three chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography (210 titles), 137 pages of the main text, an appendix (example corpus: 107 pages).
Key words: euphemism, euphemy, classification of euphemisms, lexical creativity, functions of euphemisms, lexical innovation, language prohibition, occasionalism, dysphemism, taboo.
Field of the research: lexicology, semantics and lexicography.
Research goal: revealing the essence of euphemisms as speech phenomena and examining them under various aspects.
Research objectives: defining and identifying the features of euphemisms; systematizing the ways of euphemism formation; identifying the factors that influence the use of words with a euphemistic function; lexical-semantic classification of euphemisms; highlighting the differences and similarities between euphemisms and related phenomena; selecting the corpus of euphemisms in present day language and determining the sources of their appearance.
Scientific novelty and originality of the research: delimitation and definition of some operational concepts related to the class of euphemisms and other similar classes (slang, jargon, etc.); glossing, analysis and classification of a vast lexical material; pointing out the functions of euphemisms and reasoning their systemic approach; highlighting the main techniques of creating euphemisms (lexical derailment, pun, reduplication, etc.); examining the grammatical, structural and semantic peculiarities of euphemisms; grounding the necessity of interdisciplinary study of euphemisms and others.
The scientific issue consists in explaining the insufficiently examined aspects of Romanian linguistics, namely, the status of euphemisms, the functions of euphemisms, the main ways of forming euphemisms etc., emphasizing the interdisciplinary aspect in the study of euphemisms and relating it to the current trends of an interdiscviplinary approach, presenting thus a complex description of this phenomenon.
Theoretical importance: the research made it possible to determine the status of euphemistic units and to delimit them from adjacent phenomena contributing in this way to further research in the area of the Romanian lexicon. The value of the study also lies in revealing the creative possibilities of the Romanian language that are found in its euphemistic layer too.
Applied importance of the research: the observations and conclusions of the paper may be useful to both the specification of some concepts related to euphemy that are insufficiently or erroneously assimilated in the Romanian language and the drafting of lexicographical articles about these concepts. The investigational results of our research may be also exploited in the development of different types of textbooks, dictionaries, courses and / or seminars, scientific papers of different nature, etc.
Scientific results: 32 scientific publications and presentations at more than 35 national and international scientific conferences, as well as at scientific seminars and sittings of the