ERIC Number: EJ389938
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1989
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Psycholinguistic Studies on the Syntactic Behavior of Idioms.
Gibbs, Raymond W., Jr.; Nayak, Nandini P.
Cognitive Psychology, v21 n1 p100-38 Jan 1989
Six experiments (N=194 undergraduates) examined why some idioms can be syntactically changed and still retain their figurative meanings, while others cannot be syntactically altered without losing their figurative meanings. Idioms whose individual semantic components contribute to their overall meanings were judged as more syntactically-flexible or productive than non-decomposable phrases. (TJH)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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