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By Ashraf Abdou

Idioms characterize a desirable linguistic phenomenon that has captured the eye of many linguists for many years. This corpus-based examine of idioms in sleek ordinary Arabic sheds mild on their tricky nature, establishes the foremost styles in their linguistic behaviour, and offers factors for those styles.

Adopting a descriptive framework, the examine addresses major matters in regards to the discursive behaviour of idioms: the discursive services that they practice and the ways that they give a contribution to the harmony in their texts. reading fundamental info with reference to the semantic, discursive, lexical and grammatical homes of Arabic idioms, the writer touches at the ubiquity of those expressions in language use, the big variety of features they practice in discourse, the issues they generally reason in domain names equivalent to overseas language studying and translation, and their standard divergence from the conventional principles of grammar and semantic compositionality.

Providing reasons for significant linguistic phenomena, this research should be obtainable to linguists, translators, lexicographers, translation software program builders, and language academics in addition to learners.

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E. phraseological unit] can be related and with which they can be compared, practically the dictionary form and meaning, recorded as the head form [. ]. The base form is stored in the long-term memory of the language user as a language unit which can be reproduced and which is accessed when a discourse situation calls for it. In cognitive-linguistic terms, Langlotz (2006: 178) notes that idioms: are complex linguistic and conceptual activation networks, which can be unfolded variably. e. a basic set of specific lexical units that are arranged according to a typical constructional schema.

The second presents the results of the analysis with regard to the figurative patterns that underlie the data examples. The third introduces the notion of isomorphism and looks at how Arabic idioms may be classified with regard to it. Finally, the fourth section discusses the results of the analysis. g. the nature and range of the discursive functions they perform. For instance, Moon (1998) found that 89 percent of the expressions in the class designated metaphors* in her data have some evaluative content.

Only the idioms that occur in this section have been included in the initial list of examples. The other examples that do not occur in this section, 26 idioms, have been excluded. This step has been taken in order to ensure that the idioms collected are in use and that corpus data that can help examine their linguistic behavior are obtainable. In searching for the occurrences of these idioms in the corpus, I have used search terms that are as loose and inclusive as possible. This has been motivated by a wish to increase the chances of locating any occurrence of the idioms in the corpus texts.

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