What is a limping tooth


School / culture | 03/12/2014 | 10:00

"Limping" chairs and "dancing" teeth? Lecture in the Teßmann

LPA - The regional library "Friedrich Teßmann", in cooperation with the language department in the South Tyrolean Cultural Institute, invites you to a lecture on word connections in the German and Italian language.

In German usage you drive a nail into the wall, in Italian, on the other hand, you "plant" it ("piantare un chiodo nel muro"). While in German chairs and teeth wobble, in Italian chairs can "limp" ("la sedia zoppica") and teeth "dance" ("il dente balla"). Every language has a large number of such fixed word combinations, which are referred to as collocations in linguistics. Anyone who does not know them and literally translates them from one language to the other can quickly cause involuntary comedy or is sometimes not understood at all. The "Collocations" project at the Institute for Romance Studies at the University of Innsbruck deals with such fixed word combinations in German and Italian: Christine Konecny ​​and her team are currently also working on a bilingual collocation dictionary for both languages, which is due to appear this year. In her lecture, the Romance scholar Konecny ​​will show why collocations are an important but often neglected area of ​​language teaching, how to approach the topic in a playful way, and how to find the right word combination in case of doubt.

The presentation What helps against "limping" chairs and "dancing" teeth? with the linguist Christine Konecny ​​begins on Thursday March 27th, around 8 p.m. in the Teßmann.

The state library "Friedrich Teßmann" has its seat at Armando-Diaz-Straße 8 in Bozen.