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Author Neal, Anissa Nicole
Title Trip the freaking light fantastic [electronic resource] : Syntactic structure in English idioms / Anissa Nicole Neal
Imprint Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2017
book jacket
Descript 1 online resource
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 56-06
Adviser: J. Michael Terry
Thesis (M.A.)--The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017
In past scholarship, idioms have been discussed from a mostly semantic perspective; authors have been primarily concerned with how idiomatic meaning is composed and stored (Swinney and Cutler 1979; Gibbs 1980; 1986). This thesis investigates idioms' syntactic behavior and concludes that all verbal idioms of English have stored, internal syntactic structure. Vacuous modification (i.e. modification that does not contribute to the semantics of the phrase), metalinguistic modification (i.e. modification that indicates non-literal readings), aspect, and subject-oriented adverbs (SOAs) are used to test a variety of idioms for evidence of syntactic structure. There are restrictions on the syntactic processes some idioms can undergo (i.e. passivization and raising constructions). However, this is not due to their lack of internal syntax, but how their meaning is mapped onto the internal syntax
School code: 0153
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 56-06(E)
Subject Linguistics
Alt Author The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Linguistics
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