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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:
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.
|List of Contributors|
|1||Idiom Meanings and Allusional Content||3|
|2||The Place of Idioms in a Literal and Metaphorical World||27|
|3||Why Idioms Are Not Dead Metaphors||57|
|4||The Comprehension and Semantic Interpretation of Idioms||79|
|5||The Acquisition of Idioms and the Development of Figurative Competence||101|
|6||Ill-Formedness and Transformability in Portuguese Idioms||129|
|7||The Activation of Idiomatic Meaning in Spoken Language Comprehension||145|
|8||The Comprehension of Ambiguous Idioms in Context||163|
|9||Syntactic and Semantic Processing During Idiom Comprehension: Neurolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Dissociations||201|
|10||Building Castles in the Air: Some Computational and Theoretical Issues in Idiom Comprehension||229|
|11||The Recognition and Interpretation of Idioms||249|
|12||The Determiner in English Idioms||271|
|13||Idiomaticity as a Reaction to L'Arbitraire du Signe in the Universal Process of Semeio-Genesis||297|