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LINGUIST List 18.494

Tue Feb 13 2007

Qs: Acceptance of Comparative Structures

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        1.    Rebekka Klingshirn, Acceptance of Comparative Structures


Message 1: Acceptance of Comparative Structures
Date: 11-Feb-2007
From: Rebekka Klingshirn <r.k.klingshirnweb.de>
Subject: Acceptance of Comparative Structures


For a chapter of my dissertation on comparative structures, I am looking
for literature on why certain comparisons of equality are more acceptable
than others, e.g. why one would say 'He is as fit as a fiddle', but not 'He
is as fit as a jogger' or: 'thin as a rake' or 'white as a sheet' but not
'thin as a bean stalk' or 'white as paint'.

A reference as to where I could find a list of such idioms, perhaps for
foreign learners of English, would also be of great help already.

Please e-mail any suggestions to r.k.klingshirnweb.de

Thank you very much,

Rebekka

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
Semantics
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