What is it about?

Proverbs are still used in political speeches in French and Italian. In this paper, I have focused on the most frequently uttered proverbs in French and Italian at the Plenary sessions of the European Parliament from 2014 to 2022. Furthermore, I have underlined the importance of studying proverbs from a multimodal perspective and I have pointed out some difficulties the interpreter may encounter when having to deal with proverbs in simultaneous interpreting, as well as some strategies.

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Why is it important?

This study has underlined the importance of taking into account the utterance of proverbs in real settings, through a linguistic perspective and using authentic audiovisual data. This kind of analysis is also important for a translation and interpretation perspective.


Research on the proverb (which, as I have shown in this article, is far from exhausted) will increasingly have to focus on authentic data obtained from audiovisual media. This paper represents a first step in that direction.

Vincenzo Lambertini
Universita degli Studi di Torino

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This page is a summary of: Les proverbes français et italiens dans la communication orale, Lingvisticae Investigationes, December 2022, John Benjamins,
DOI: 10.1075/li.00074.lam.
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