ERIC Number: ED174036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
What Is an Idiom? An Applied Linguistic Approach.
Wallace, Michael J.
Two dimensions of the definition of idiom (the semantic and the structural) that may be relevant to the foreign language learner language learner are abstracted from non-specialist dictionary definitions of the term "idiom." The structural dimension is further subdivided into two aspects: place in a structural hierarchy, and degree of stereotyping. Linguistic definitions of "idiom" by C.F. Hockett, Adam Makkai and John Lyons are discussed with respect to the dimesions abstracted from lay definitions. A matrix is proposed for idioms and related expressions along the dimensions of structural complexity and semantic complexity. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of implications of the matrix for foreign language learners and teachers. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the British Association for Applied Linguistics Seminar on Lexicography (Exeter, England, December, 1978)