Phraseology and diatopic variation in Spanish

  • Antonio Pamies Bertrán University of Granada
Keywords: dialectal phraseology, dialectal paremiology, dialectology, shifters, pragmatemes, polyphony


Phraseology and idioms have been scantly investigated in the field of dialectology, compared to the rich tradition of phonetic and lexicological studies that made available long ago accurate dialectal maps and atlases for all the languages of Europe. There is no lack of irony in this given the etymology of the word idiom itself(<gr. ‚ιδιός „particular“ or „specific“), which refers precisely to what is typical of one’s native soil. On the other hand, speakers often accompany the use of idioms and proverbs with pragmatic markers like as we say in my village, as we say in my homeland, as my grandmother said, even for standard expressions. This seems to presuppose the existence of a relationship – within linguistic consciousness – between phraseology and non-standard diatopic (or diaphasic) varieties, either as a rhetorical strategy or an intuitive hypercorrection. Spanish phraseology and paremiology allow us to observe certain cues in this respect.


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Author Biography

Antonio Pamies Bertrán, University of Granada

Antonio Pamies Bertrán es catedrático de lingüística general en la Universidad de Granada, donde enseña e investiga desde 1987. Es Diplomado en Traducción-Interpretación, Licenciado en Filología Francesa, y Doctor en Filología, Miembro Honorífico de la Academia Nacional de Ciencias de la Educación Superior de Ucrania, y Miembro Correspondiente de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española. También ha sido vicepresidente de la Sociedad Europea de Fraseología y presidente honorífico de la Sociedad Italiana de Fraseología. Es autor de un centenar de publicaciones sobre lingüística contrastiva, principalmente fraseología y fonética, en editoriales o revistas de varios países de Europa, América y Asia.

How to Cite
Pamies BertránA. (2017). Phraseology and diatopic variation in Spanish. Verba Hispanica, 25(1), 55-81.