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Le lexique mathématique breton : bilan et perspectives

Erwan Le Pipec 1 
1 CRBC Brest - Centre de recherche bretonne et celtique
UBO - Université de Brest, IBSHS - Institut Brestois des Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société
Abstract : For many years excluded from schools, Breton still lacks a unified and undiscussed mathematical terminology. With this problematic in mind the purpose of this paper is to document this phenomenon. A sample of twenty-four common mathematic terms was taken from two mathematical dictionaries currently used in schools. The sample was compared to the data of four contemporary dictionaries, and then for a better understanding of the origins of theses terms, they were compared again with over thirty various Breton language documents published between 1450 and 2012. From this study, eight distinct lexicological streams can be identified. These streams can be grouped into two distinct tendencies, Celtic-based neology on the one hand and international loan words of mainly Greek and Latin origins on the other. The arguments of authors from each side are discussed, as there seem to be a correlation between their lexical choices and some features such as linguistic profile, mathematical expertise and their idea of the perfect teaching model.
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Erwan Le Pipec. Le lexique mathématique breton : bilan et perspectives. La Bretagne Linguistique, 2018, 22, pp.41-75. ⟨hal-02539496⟩



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