Humor from the beginning of the lexicographic discourse in Spanish

José Joaquín Martínez Egido – Universidad de Alicante, España

José Joaquín Martínez Egido 2018: "El humor en los inicios del discurso lexicográfico en español", Onomázein 41, 167-184.
DOI: 10.7764/onomazein.41.03

Words meanings and their use in the language are not fixed in time. This is the case of the word humor, whose current meaning is new in Spanish, as it is attested in dictionaries. Lexicographic discourse can reveal enough data about the history of words. Therefore, the aim of this research is to find out the concept of humor that appears from the first papers in the Spanish lexicography, from the late fifteenth century to the early eighteenth century. Taking Covarrubias’s dictionary (1611) as a turning point, a corpus of dictionaries has been compiled to do research on how the subject of humor was treated by the selection of voices related to it. The results are sufficiently clear in respect to the prudence with which this subject was conceived, as well as to its pragmatically marked use.