Grasping the meaning of second language idioms. Sophia Skoufaki firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Language and Linguistics University of Essex. Outline of the talk. What are idioms? Why should second language teachers care about idiom learning?
Department of Language and Linguistics
University of Essex
‘wooden table’ = wooden + table
‘kick the bucket’≠kick + the + bucket
Mastery of idioms is seen as a sign of near-nativeness.
Idioms and other multi-word expressions are useful to learners as they fill gaps in their speech.
Inferring idiom meaning with the help of meaning clues
Some idioms seem to be related to some recurrentmetaphorical patterns
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