Lexicographical inventory of a neglected subclass of phrasemes: Pragmatemes

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© 2014 EMH Swiss Medical Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. This paper presents a subclass of phrasemes that has received scant attention from lexicologists and lexicographers: pragmatemes. Pragmatemes are statements linked to a particular situation. This situation presents a task that the pragmateme performs by the means of a speech act and a ritualized form. First, we analyze how the Spanish phraseological tradition analyzes pragmatemes. Then, we examine how pragmatemes are presented in Spanish-French bilingual lexicography, in Spanish monolingual lexicography and in a number of Spanish phrasebooks. Finally, we present our inventory (under construction) of Spanish pragmatemes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-153
JournalCahiers de Lexicologie
Issue number104
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Phrasebooks.
  • Phraseology
  • Pragmateme
  • Speech act


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