Essays about: "structure of Idioms"

Found 5 essays containing the words structure of Idioms.

  1. 1. To make a mountain out of a molehill : A comparative study of the metonymical and metaphorical structures of three semantically identical, but lexically different, idioms in English, Swedish and German

    University essay from Umeå universitet/Institutionen för språkstudier

    Author : Anna Lodén; [2017]
    Keywords : Conceptual metaphor; conceptual metonymy; mapping; source domain; linguistics;

    Abstract : This study revolves around the different underlying metaphorical or metonymical structures of three specific idioms, one English, one Swedish and one German, but with equivalent semantics. The structure of the source and target domains was analysed, as well as the mapping from source to target. READ MORE

  2. 2. How crossing one's fingers and holding one's thumbs manages to convey a similar semantic meaning. : The cognitive motivations behind the understanding of three Swedish and English idiom pairs, with different words for body parts.

    University essay from Umeå universitet/Institutionen för språkstudier

    Author : Hanna Lindblom; [2017]
    Keywords : Metaphor; metonymy; embodied motivation; idioms; body parts; comparative.;

    Abstract : Three idiom pairs were analysed in order to identify which conceptual motivation, in the form of metaphors, metonymies, embodied motivations and conventional knowledge, were present. Each pair had one Swedish- and one English idiom. READ MORE

  3. 3. Racking one’s brain : Vocabulary teaching and the retention of idiomatic expressions

    University essay from Linnéuniversitetet/Institutionen för språk (SPR)

    Author : Niclas Söderqvist; [2016]
    Keywords : Idioms; Idiomatic expressions; Retention; Frequency; Experimental study; Pedagogical relevance; Didactics; Vocabulary; Formulaic language; Transparency;

    Abstract : This essay presents a study of retention of idioms delving into a pedagogical approach by presenting them to a group of lower secondary students. The study also explores students’ memory retention whilst concurrently investigating if certain types of idioms are retained to a greater extent than others. READ MORE

  4. 4. He is a few fries short of a Happy Meal : A study of the semantic and syntactic properties of idioms with the structure X (be)(quantifier) Y short/shy of X

    University essay from Stockholms universitet/Engelska institutionen

    Author : Marc Harding; [2009]
    Keywords : metaphor; snowclone; source meaning; target meaning; meronymy; construction; valence;

    Abstract : This study is an investigation of how semantic and syntactic properties interact in a regular way in variants of a common expression type or Snowclone. Conventional variants of this construction are (someone is) a few (French) fries short/shy of a Happy Meal, (someone is) one sandwich short of a picnic and (someone is) one card short of a full deck. READ MORE

  5. 5. English and Swedish Animal Idioms : A Study of Correspondence and Variation in Content and Expression

    University essay from Karlstads universitet/Institutionen för kultur och kommunikation

    Author : Nathalie Colin; [2006]
    Keywords : English and Swedish animal idioms; literal translation; role of context; underlying conceptual metaphor; personification; simile; semantics.;

    Abstract : Idioms are found in every language and learning them is an important aspect of the mastery of a language. The English language is no exception as it contains a large number of idioms, which are extensively used. However, because of their rather rigid structure and quite unpredictable meaning, idioms are often considered difficult to learn. READ MORE