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Overview

Being presented with phrases of the kind, 'take the plunge' and 'write a letter', native speakers of English tend to agree that the former is more idiomatic that the latter. What exactly is it about these two phrases that guide speakers' judgements? Adopting a usage-based perspective, this study addresses the question 'which factors do speakers rely upon when assessing the idiomaticity of a construction?'. 


Rethinking Idiomaticity
is the first study to bring together a quantitative corpus-linguistic approach and quantitative judgement data to explore the nature of idiomaticity as a complex concept that comprises semantic and formal variation parameters. Wulff's fascinating book is suitable for researchers and postgraduates in the fields of lexicography, phraseology, corpus linguistics and those who are employing quantitative approaches.

Cognitive linguists interested in the empirical underpinnings of their theoretical assumptions will also find this required reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847064202
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/2/2008
  • Series: Corpus and Discourse Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefanie Wulff is Assistant Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Technological Communication, University of North Texas, USA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Theoretical issues 8

2 Methodological issues 20

3 Compositionality 35

4 Flexibility measures 67

5 The idiomatic variation continuum 150

6 The idiomaticity continuum 157

7 Towards a new model of idiomaticity 163

Appendices 170

A Example of a questionnaire for the elicitation of perceived idiomaticity data 171

B Results for compositionality 173

C Barkema-based flexibility values for tree-syntactic, lexico-syntactic and morphological flexibility 176

D Entropy-based flexibility values for tree-syntactic, lexico-syntactic and morphological flexibility 186

E Barkema-based flexibility values for the parameter levels of tree-syntactic, lexico-syntactic and morphological flexibility 196

F An overview of the formal flexibility parameters and their parameter levels with corresponding examples 214

G Scatterplots displaying the correlation between the two flexibility measures (Barkema-based = 'B', entropy = 'H') 217

References 227

Author Index 236

Subject Index 238

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