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Query Details

Query Subject:   Acceptance of Comparative Structures
Author:   Rebekka Klingshirn
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Semantics
Language Acquisition

Query:   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.klingshirn@web.de

Thank you very much,

LL Issue: 18.494
Date posted: 13-Feb-2007


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