LINGUIST List 25.5119

Mon Dec 15 2014

Books: Idiomatic Constructions in Italian: Vietri

Editor for this issue: Sara Couture <saralinguistlist.org>


Date: 04-Dec-2014
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Idiomatic Constructions in Italian: Vietri
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Title: Idiomatic Constructions in Italian
Subtitle: A Lexicon-Grammar approach
Series Title: Lingvisticæ Investigationes Supplementa 31
Published: 2014
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/lis.31

Author: Simonetta Vietri
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027269300 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027269300 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027269300 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027231413 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027231413 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027231413 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 111.30
Abstract:

This study is devoted to the analysis of Italian idioms with either ordinary or support verbs (also called light verbs). The research focuses on the exhaustive description of idioms, and is based on their systematic classification according to the principles of the Lexicon-Grammar methodology developed by Maurice Gross (1975, 1979 and further). A thorough examination of the literature shows strong disagreement on the acceptability of some idiomatic constructions. For this reason, the Web was used as a corpus to verify judgments on the supposed ungrammatical constructions. This approach showed that idiomatic constructions which have always been considered ungrammatical are instead perfectly acceptable if contextualized. The results obtained include the following: passive is not a "special case" when it concerns idioms, and idiomatic constructions show the same complexity as non-idiomatic constructions.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Italian (ita)

Written In: English (eng)

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