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Title: Rethinking Idiomaticity
Subtitle: A Usage-based Approach
Written By: Stefanie Wulff
URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=158100&SearchType=Basic
Series Title: Corpus and Discourse
Description:

Please note: This is a new version of a previously announced book.

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.

'This book is a valuable addition to the field, for it offers many
innovative perspectives on issues in idiomaticity research. All in all, it
is an interesting and useful read and one that is highly recommended to
researchers of idiomaticity and formulaicity.'
Phoebe M. S. Lin, The Linguist List

The study's approach to idiomaticity, as well as the results it generates,
it truly innovative...The book is a truly original contribution to the
field and one that will make a considerable impact on the area of idioms
research.
International Journal of Corpus Linguistics

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
Review: Read the review
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
General Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Cognitive Science
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781441116444
Pages: 256
Prices: U.K. £ 24.99