LINGUIST List 29.4541

Thu Nov 15 2018

Books: Food and Drink Idioms in English: Pinnavaia

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Date: 30-Oct-2018
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Subject: Food and Drink Idioms in English: Pinnavaia
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Title: Food and Drink Idioms in English
Subtitle: “A Little Bit More Sugar and Lots of Spice”
Published: 2018
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Author: Laura Pinnavaia
Hardback: ISBN: 9781527508170 Pages: 235 Price: U.K. £ 61.99

Idioms carry an aura of mystery for all speakers, owing to the discrepancy between their literal and non-literal meanings. This book clears up some of these ambiguities, by examining a series of expressions that have derived from the most instinctive and essential of all human behaviour: eating and drinking. The quantity and quality of 276 food and drink idioms are explored, investigating two hundred and fifty years of English monolingual lexicography and forty years of usage as attested by contemporary linguistic corpora. The examination of these idioms’ syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, historical, social and cultural characteristics will foster in speakers a whole new approach to idiom comprehension and usage, and will constitute thought-provoking ground for further research in other idiom domains.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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