Types of search

The proverbs in ParemioRom are taken systematically from written sources published in the last century and a half, and they are  transcribed as per original.


I. By clicking on the Proverbs tab (at the top of the page) you can go to Proverb files, where you have the choice of five types of search, either individual or combined:

  • (1) Textual, which allows a collocational search (words, syntagms, larger or smaller samples) in the boxes marked Text, Literal translation, Gloss (literal quotation) and Comment.
  • (2) By language (one, two, three or all of those in the database).
  • (3) Conceptual: by thematic fields, categories and subcategories. For example: Chronology > fixed date. It includes first the subcategories relating to the days in a month that are indicated by a number (1, 2, 3...) + the name of the month. Then, in alphabetical order, you have calendar dates referring to saints and virgins, in which priority is given to the most central onomastic element, with articles and titles like Saint postposed, as in Annunciation (The —), Augustine (Saint —).
  • (4) By bibliographical sources (in alphabetical order of the author's surname), with a possible combination of up to three works.
  • (5) By geolocation, under Place, Territory (administrative entities and the like to which the place belongs —all presented hierarchically—, such as “municipality”, “province”, “region”, “state”) and Description. This last section includes comment and clarification  additional to that provided under place and territory. Where appropriate, keywords like “river” and “mountain” are used, so that the names of the topographical features can be accessed. Furthermore, this fifth section enables you to carry out file searches to see whether there is a link to a geographical location or not: (a) Geographical location (the place where the proverb was recorded); (b) Place-name reference (places mentioned in the proverb); (c) Any other type; (d) None.

II. By clicking on the tabs on the left below Proverb files, you can likewise access the different data to which the files have been allocated:

  • Languages and varieties.
  • The three big thematic areas among which the conceptual categories are distributed: Chronology, Meteorology and Global Subject Area, with links to categories and subcategories.
  • Sources (reference works), which allow the user to search by author and title.
  • Geolocations, which permit the kind of searches mentioned above. Names are given in Spanish, Catalan and English. Where these do not resemble the original name, the alternative is given in brackets.