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By Ashraf Abdou

ISBN-10: 0415603404

ISBN-13: 9780415603409

Idioms symbolize a desirable linguistic phenomenon that has captured the eye of many linguists for many years. This corpus-based examine of idioms in sleek usual Arabic sheds gentle on their difficult nature, establishes the most important styles in their linguistic behaviour, and gives causes for those styles.

Adopting a descriptive framework, the examine addresses major concerns in regards to the discursive behaviour of idioms: the discursive features that they practice and the ways that they give a contribution to the harmony in their texts. interpreting basic facts in regards to the semantic, discursive, lexical and grammatical homes of Arabic idioms, the writer touches at the ubiquity of those expressions in language use, the big variety of services they practice in discourse, the issues they generally reason in domain names similar to overseas language studying and translation, and their average divergence from the conventional ideas of grammar and semantic compositionality.

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

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In general, when the idiom contains a word that is not frequent in use, I have only used this word as a search term. This has increased the chances of retrieving all the instances of the relevant idiom in the corpus. However, this approach obviously cannot retrieve any corpus examples where this word is omitted or replaced with any other lexical item(s). As Moon (1998) puts it, locating examples of lexical substitutions has been “a matter of serendipity” (p. 51). Certain formal variations in idioms pose certain difficulties in locating their incidence in the corpus.

F-ACC sb/sth lit. he broke sb/sth’s thorn he deprived sb/sth of their/its power Another literal meaning of shawkah is ‘sting’. POSSi lit. sb/sthi and that who/which turned round in the same way as sb/sthi did sbi and that who is of his type, sthi and that which is of its kind, or sbi and that who does just as he does (cf. people-GEN by-sb lit. g. people-GEN by-sth lit. PST fuse-ACC sth lit. g. PST sb/sth on DEF-shelf-GEN lit. he put sb/sth on the shelf he made sb/sth no longer useful or desirable (cf.

The random selection of 10 percent of the examples would hopefully reflect all the major phenomena in the initial list of Arabic idioms for two reasons. First, selecting the sample on the basis of the syntactic categorization of idioms ensures that all the syntactic types of the data are covered. Second, arranging the examples alphabetically within separate lists bases the selection process on a criterion that is not on the whole intrinsic to the phenomenon under investigation and, therefore, is not likely to bias the selection process and, in turn, the results of the analysis in any major way.

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