By Ashraf Abdou

ISBN-10: 0415603404

ISBN-13: 9780415603409

Idioms signify a desirable linguistic phenomenon that has captured the eye of many linguists for many years. This corpus-based learn of idioms in smooth usual Arabic sheds gentle on their difficult nature, establishes the foremost styles in their linguistic behaviour, and offers causes for those styles.

Adopting a descriptive framework, the examine addresses major concerns with reference to the discursive behaviour of idioms: the discursive features that they practice and the ways that they give a contribution to the solidarity in their texts. interpreting fundamental facts in regards to the semantic, discursive, lexical and grammatical houses of Arabic idioms, the writer touches at the ubiquity of those expressions in language use, the big variety of capabilities they practice in discourse, the issues they typically reason in domain names comparable to overseas language studying and translation, and their average divergence from the conventional principles of grammar and semantic compositionality.

Providing factors for significant linguistic phenomena, this research should be obtainable to linguists, translators, lexicographers, translation software program builders, and language lecturers in addition to learners.

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2). The number ten is not significant in itself, but a reasonable criterion was needed. Following the line of thought in Moon (1998), Riehemann (2001), and Langlotz (2006), broadly synonymous expressions with common lexis have been considered as variants of the same idiom and therefore have been recorded only once in the idiom list. As Moon (1998: 122) puts it: [t]his view allows newly encountered variant forms to be reconciled with those forms already found, providing further evidence of instability, rather than enforcing either their categorization as completely new items or else their dismissal as deviant.

16 Methodology and data If the idiom does not occur in this dictionary but has been encountered in daily interactions and readings, the following rules have been applied as strictly as possible: • • • When the idiom contains a verb and its subject, it has been listed in the VS order, with the verb in the past tense form, and the subject in the singular form, unless the corpus data suggest that the expression cannot be used in this way. Verbal idioms that include complements other than the subject have been listed in the past tense, third person, masculine, and singular form, as long as they occur in this form in the corpus data.

Rather, it only means that this type of expression is abundant in spoken and written communication, yet with, sometimes strikingly, different frequencies for individual examples. In order to account fully for the dissimilarities in the frequency of idioms, one would need to conduct an in-depth analysis of the characteristics of the contexts in which they occur. Such an endeavor is out of the question here. However, it is possible to point to some factors that seem to account, even in part, for why particular idioms are frequent or infrequent in the corpus.

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