query: sarcastic antonymic nicknames
Hannu.Tommola at UTA.FI
Thu Nov 26 14:46:08 UTC 2009
How is it with Boris Uspensky's hero, the boy Fedja called 'Djadja
Fjodor' (Uncle Fedor)? Personenvertauschung, perhaps.
Quoting Frans Plank <frans.plank at UNI-KONSTANZ.DE>:
> come to think of it, you might also include address inversion under
> this general sort of rubric -- though it's certainly not sarcastic
> (is it ironic?): like when a grandparent addresses a grandchild as
> '(little) grandparent' (grandpa, granny), or an uncle addresses a
> nephew as '(little) uncle'.
> Leo Spitzer had a paper on this, Ueber Personenvertauschung in der
> Ammensprache (1920ies). More recently, Winfried Boeder looked at
> this as an areal phenomenon, I believe: but you'll have to ask him
> for details himself.
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