Chapter

Idioms

John R Taylor

in The Mental Corpus

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199290802
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741388 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290802.003.0004
Idioms

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According to one definition, an idiom is any expression whose properties, whether syntactic, lexical, or semantic, cannot be predicted by rule. The chapter argues that the idiomatic, far from being exceptional, is pervasive. The chapter is illustrated with examples of lexical and phrasal idioms, and of minor, low-scope generalizations.

Keywords: idiom schema; idiom cluster; idiom variability; allusion to idioms; constructional idiom; proverbs; phrasal idioms; idiom creativity; low-scope generalizations

Chapter.  14274 words. 

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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