Idioms: Processing, Structure, and Interpretation

Idioms: Processing, Structure, and Interpretation

by Cristina Cacciari, Patrizia Tabossi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805810382

ISBN-13: 9780805810387

Pub. Date: 07/28/1993

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"The book draws on a lot of research, is friendly to the reader, and will be of good value to teachers."

Paul Nation, Victoria University of Wellington, Australia

This comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible text on idiom use, learning, and teaching approaches the topic with a balance of sound theory and extensive research in cognitive linguistics,

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"The book draws on a lot of research, is friendly to the reader, and will be of good value to teachers."

Paul Nation, Victoria University of Wellington, Australia

This comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible text on idiom use, learning, and teaching approaches the topic with a balance of sound theory and extensive research in cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics, and sociolinguistics combined with informed teaching practices. Idioms is organized in three parts:

  • Part I includes discussion of idiom definition, classification, usage patterns, and functions.
  • Part II investigates the process involved in the comprehension of idioms and the factors that influence individuals’ understanding and use of idioms in both L1 and L2.
  • Part III explores idiom acquisition and the teaching and learning of idioms, focusing especially on the strategies and techniques used to help students learn idioms.

To assist the reader in grasping the key issues, study questions are provided at the end of each chapter. The text also includes a glossary of special terms and an annotated list of selective idiom reference books and student textbooks.

Idioms is designed to serve either as a textbook for ESL/applied linguistics teacher education courses or as a reference book. No matter how the book is used, it will equip an ESL/applied linguistics students and professionals with a solid understanding of various issues related to idioms and the learning of them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805810387
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1410L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
List of Contributors
1Idiom Meanings and Allusional Content3
2The Place of Idioms in a Literal and Metaphorical World27
3Why Idioms Are Not Dead Metaphors57
4The Comprehension and Semantic Interpretation of Idioms79
5The Acquisition of Idioms and the Development of Figurative Competence101
6Ill-Formedness and Transformability in Portuguese Idioms129
7The Activation of Idiomatic Meaning in Spoken Language Comprehension145
8The Comprehension of Ambiguous Idioms in Context163
9Syntactic and Semantic Processing During Idiom Comprehension: Neurolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Dissociations201
10Building Castles in the Air: Some Computational and Theoretical Issues in Idiom Comprehension229
11The Recognition and Interpretation of Idioms249
12The Determiner in English Idioms271
13Idiomaticity as a Reaction to L'Arbitraire du Signe in the Universal Process of Semeio-Genesis297
Author Index325
Subject Index331

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