By Ashraf Abdou
Idioms signify a desirable linguistic phenomenon that has captured the eye of many linguists for many years. This corpus-based examine of idioms in smooth normal Arabic sheds mild on their elaborate nature, establishes the key styles in their linguistic behaviour, and offers reasons for those styles.
Adopting a descriptive framework, the learn addresses major matters in regards to the discursive behaviour of idioms: the discursive capabilities that they practice and the ways that they give a contribution to the harmony in their texts. reading fundamental facts 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 regular divergence from the conventional principles of grammar and semantic compositionality.
Providing motives for significant linguistic phenomena, this research can be obtainable to linguists, translators, lexicographers, translation software program builders, and language academics in addition to learners.
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Second, arranging the examples alphabetically within separate lists bases the selection process on a criterion that is not on the whole intrinsic to the phenomenon under investigation and, therefore, is not likely to bias the selection process and, in turn, the results of the analysis in any major way. On occasion, I have discussed other examples that are in the initial list of idioms but that have not been selected in the sample. These have been only included in particular sections when they show strikingly different linguistic behavior compared with the behavior of the sample idioms with regard to the point under discussion.
In computing, these expressions are strings that can be written using a formal language to set a search pattern within an electronically stored text. The results retrieved from the corpus consist mainly of the search term with up to ten words before and after it in context. The corpus also gives access to the whole texts where the idioms occur. This was very useful during the data analysis stage, because, in many a case, I needed to read more parts of the text so as to establish or not a certain use of the idiom, particularly on the semantic and discursive levels.
As the major style of MSA that the average Arab is exposed to, media Arabic thus affects how educated Arabs use their language (creatively) and influences their judgments about what is acceptable or unacceptable in terms of language 26 Methodology and data use. Also, the fact that newspaper language closely reflects the strategies and structures of spontaneous expression is of great importance in the context of a study on idioms, for these, and formulaic expressions in general, are often associated with spontaneous ways of verbal communication (see Carter 2004 and Cameron 2001).
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