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Books: Applied Ling/Text/Corpus Ling: Wulff

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        1.    Jennifer Tighe, Rethinking Idiomaticity: Wulff

Message 1: Rethinking Idiomaticity: Wulff
Date: 04-Oct-2010
From: Jennifer Tighe <>
Subject: Rethinking Idiomaticity: Wulff
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Title: Rethinking Idiomaticity Subtitle: A Usage-based Approach Series Title: Corpus and Discourse Published: 2010 Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

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Author: Stefanie Wulff Paperback: ISBN: 9781441116444 Pages: 256 Price: U.K. £ 24.99

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

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

Rethinking Idiomaticity is the first study to bring together a quantitativecorpus-linguistic approach and quantitative judgement data to explore thenature of idiomaticity as a complex concept that comprises semantic andformal variation parameters.

Wulff's fascinating book is suitable for researchers and postgraduates inthe fields of lexicography, phraseology, corpus linguistics and those whoare employing quantitative approaches. Cognitive linguists interested inthe empirical underpinnings of their theoretical assumptions will also findthis required reading.

'This book is a valuable addition to the field, for it offers manyinnovative perspectives on issues in idiomaticity research. All in all, itis an interesting and useful read and one that is highly recommended toresearchers 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 thefield and one that will make a considerable impact on the area of idiomsresearch.International Journal of Corpus Linguistics

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics                             Cognitive Science                             General Linguistics                             Text/Corpus Linguistics
Written In: English (eng )

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