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Use of conceptual metaphors: A strategy for the guessing of an idiom’s meaning?

Skoufaki, S (2005) 'Use of conceptual metaphors: A strategy for the guessing of an idiom’s meaning?' In: Mattheoudakis, M and Psaltou-Joycey, A, (eds.) Selected Papers on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from the 16th International Symposium, April 11-13, 2003. Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, School of English, Aristotle University, 542 - 556.


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In the study presented here, Greek adult advanced-level learners of English guess at the meaning of unknown English idioms and describe the train of thought that led them to an idiom's interpretation immediately after supplying an interpretation of it. Results indicate limited use of Conceptual Metaphors as a strategy for the guessing of an idiom's meaning, thus contradicting previous claims of no such use. This study also tests whether meaning guessing based on idiom-inherent features occurs more often when idioms are presented out of context than when in context. This hypothesis is supported for all such strategies except the one utilising Conceptual Metaphor knowledge, possibly because of its rare occurrence in both context conditions. Some caveats about the reliability of the data are expressed.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Sophia Skoufaki
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2015 16:08
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:35

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