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Study on the Prototype and Representation of International RTFE Characters

Li Mingliang   

  1. Foreign Language School, Civil Aviation Flight University of China, Guanghan Sichuan 618307, China
  • Received:2014-03-11 Online:2015-05-25 Published:2015-07-23


The standard and special characters of English Radiotelephony (RTFE) have evolved from their practical application in international air-ground radio communication in the past decades. Their phonetic distinctiveness and cultural acceptability serve as the premises of their widespread application in the field of international civil aviation and as the basis of effective naming, priming and representation. In RTF voice communication, standard characters depend solely on contextual clues and schema of aviation background knowledge to prime their prototypes and inherent priming information, ultimately realizing the loss of original cultural meanings, performance of alphabet function and psychological representation of the signified.

Key words: RTFE, standard character, prototype, schema, presentation, clue

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