This is the first study to explore the complex nature of idiomaticity, by bringing a quantitative corpus-linguistic approach and judgement data. 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. The Corpus and Discourse series consists of two strands.
The first, "Research in Corpus and Discourse", features innovative contributions to various aspects of corpus linguistics and a wide range of applications, from language technology via the teaching of a second language to a history of mentalities. The second strand, "Studies in Corpus and Discourse", is comprised of key texts bridging the gap between social studies and linguistics. Although equally academically rigorous, this strand will be aimed at a wider audience of academics and postgraduate students working in both disciplines.
'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.'--The LinguistList
Introduction; 1: Theoretical issues; 2: Methodological issues; 3: Compositionality; 4: Flexibility measures; 5: The idiomatic variation continuum; 6: The idiomaticity continuum; 7: Towards a new model of idiomaticity; References; Appendices; Index.
Series: Corpus and Discourse
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 11th November 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1