How bizarre!

@article{Trotzke2015HowB,
  title={How bizarre!},
  author={Andreas Trotzke},
  journal={Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association},
  year={2015},
  volume={3},
  pages={219 - 230}
}
  • Andreas Trotzke
  • Published 2015
  • Computer Science
  • Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association
  • Abstract This paper demonstrates that syntax-external factors at the level of pragmatics are responsible for certain constraints on word order variation in phrasal idioms. I propose a new constraint in this context by referring to the fact that idioms can be distinguished by the criterion of having either a plausible or a ‘bizarre’ literal reading. Since this constraint on topicalization of subparts of idiomatic strings cannot be accounted for in syntactic terms, this paper contributes to an… CONTINUE READING

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