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By Ashraf Abdou

Idioms symbolize a desirable linguistic phenomenon that has captured the eye of many linguists for many years. This corpus-based research of idioms in smooth commonplace Arabic sheds mild on their difficult nature, establishes the foremost styles in their linguistic behaviour, and offers factors for those styles.

Adopting a descriptive framework, the examine addresses major concerns with reference 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. interpreting fundamental facts in regards to the semantic, discursive, lexical and grammatical houses 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 typically reason in domain names resembling international language studying and translation, and their ordinary divergence from the conventional ideas of grammar and semantic compositionality.

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

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In a problem or argument) nār-u-n ‘alā ‘alam-i-n fire-NOM-INDF on mountain-GEN-INDF lit. part-NOM DEF-necklace-GEN lit. the middle jewel of the necklace the most important or best part of something good (cf. 7 Prepositional idioms No. Idiom F. POSSi sb/sthi lit. g. INDF lit. iron-GEN-INDF hot-GEN-INDF lit. on hot sheet iron (of a person) very anxious, or (of a situation) very tense or unstable (cf. POSSi lit. g. thrown stone-GEN-INDF lit. within the distance that a stone is thrown of proximity in space or time (cf.

8 Structure of the book Chapter 2 sets forth the methodology of the study. Chapters 3, 4, and 5 present and discuss the results of the corpus analysis. Finally, the main conclusions of the study are provided. Chapter 2 discusses the sources of the data, the reasons for their selection, the data collection and selection procedures, and the role of newspaper language in the Arab countries today. This chapter also provides a list of the idioms investigated in the study along with information on their frequency in the main corpus I draw on.

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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