Arabic Idioms: A Corpus Based Study by Ashraf Abdou

By Ashraf Abdou

Idioms characterize a desirable linguistic phenomenon that has captured the eye of many linguists for many years. This corpus-based research of idioms in glossy average Arabic sheds gentle on their complex nature, establishes the foremost styles in their linguistic behaviour, and gives reasons for those styles.

Adopting a descriptive framework, the examine addresses major concerns in regards to the discursive behaviour of idioms: the discursive features that they practice and the ways that they give a contribution to the harmony in their texts. analyzing basic info in regards 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 capabilities they practice in discourse, the issues they typically reason in domain names reminiscent of overseas language studying and translation, and their general divergence from the traditional principles of grammar and semantic compositionality.

Providing causes 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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Arabic Idioms: A Corpus Based Study

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

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These cases have been labeled in the following tables with asterisks that are provided next to the relevant numbers. Finally, in what follows, whenever convenient, English multiword unit translations have been provided. When the English expression is only a semi-equivalent of or seems to be stylistically different from its Arabic counterpart, it has been included in brackets after a paraphrastic translation, for the purposes of comparison. However, it should be mentioned that such semi-equivalent or stylistically different translations have been presented mainly when the English expression is based on the same figurative image that underlies the Arabic idiom or on one that is similar to it.

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. As a step further in this direction, examining the figurative images underlying evaluative idioms could help explain how and why they differ in respect of their orientation, to convey positive, negative, or ambivalent attitudes (see Moon 1998 and Fernando 1996). Furthermore, previous research on idioms shows that examining their semantic structure is a crucial step in explaining their formal behavior as manifested particularly in their potential for lexical and syntactic variation.

The information provided below on the contents, structure, and searching capabilities of Arabicorpus reflects its state at the time when the major stage of data collection for this study came to an end in September 2007. e. texts which are not annotated grammatically or semantically, that come from five major Arabic newspapers. Its total word count is 83,519,701. These newspapers include one year of Al-Ahram (1999, Egypt), two years of Al-Hayat (1996 and 1997, London – Saudi Arabia – Lebanon) in two separate sub-corpora, a half year of Al-Tajdid (2002, Morocco), a half year of Al-Watan (2002, Kuwait), and approximately a year of Al-Thawra (after 2000, Syria).

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