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Author Moon, Rosamund.

Title Fixed expressions and idioms in English : a corpus-based approach / Rosamund Moon.

Published Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.

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 UniM Bail  420.141 MOON    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Oxford studies in lexicography and lexicology.
Oxford studies in lexicography and lexicology.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [312]-332) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction and Background -- 2. Collocation and Chunking -- 3. Corpus and Computer -- 4. Frequencies and FEIs -- 5. Lexical and Grammatical Form -- 6. Variation -- 7. Ambiguity, Polysemy, and Metaphor -- 8. Discoursal Functions of FEIs -- 9. Evaluation and Interactional Perspectives -- 10. Cohesion and FEIs -- 11. Afterword.
Summary This is a text-based study of fixed expressions, or idioms. Moon's central argument is that fixed expressions can only be fully understood if they are considered in the context of the texts in which they occur. She examines several thousand fixed expressions and how they are being used in current English. She argues that examination of the corpus raises questions about many received ideas on fixed expressions and idioms, and suggests that new, use-centered, models are required.
Subject English language -- Discourse analysis.
English language -- Terms and phrases.
Lexicology.
English language -- Idioms.
Figures of speech.
ISBN 019823614X (alk. paper)