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Huber, Herbert. 2003. En visite au zoo des mots (A trip to the word zoo). Applied Linguistics 50 (1) : 58–65. 8 pp.
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Material for a vocabulary lesson on animals is provided for teachers of French as a foreign language to German-speaking students. A reading text by Jean Pommery (1977) on the relationship between people and animals is presented with vocabulary notes, including verbs denoting animal sounds and adjectives derived from nouns denoting animals; the words for the male, female, and young of various animals are indicated. The metaphoric dimension of French animal terms is demonstrated in a passage containing a grotesque accumulation of expressions with negative connotations, accompanied by a German translation. Metaphoric uses of 31 animal terms with negative imagery and 25 terms with positive imagery are listed with German translations of example sentences. (J. Hitchcock in LLBA 2003, vol. 37, n. 3)