Idiomatic Creativity

A cognitive-linguistic model of idiom-representation and idiom-variation in English

| University of Basel
HardboundAvailable
ISBN 9789027223708 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
 
e-Book
ISBN 9789027293763 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
 
This book revisits the theoretical and psycholinguistic controversies centred around the intriguing nature of idioms and proposes a more systematic cognitive-linguistic model of their grammatical status and use. Whenever speakers vary idioms in actual discourse, they open a linguistic window into idiomatic creativity – the complex cognitive processing and representation of these heterogeneous linguistic constructions. Idiomatic creativity therefore raises two challenging questions: What are the cognitive mechanisms that underlie and shape idiom-representation? How do these mechanisms define the scope and limits of systematic idiom-variation in actual discourse? The book approaches these problems by means of a comprehensive cognitive-linguistic architecture of meaning and language and analyses them on the basis of corpus-data from the British National Corpus (BNC). Therefore, Idiomatic Creativity should be of great interest to cognitive linguists, phraseologists, corpus linguists, advanced students of linguistics, and all readers who are interested in the fascinating interplay of language and cognitive processing.

This book has a companion website: www.idiomatic-creativity.ch.

[Human Cognitive Processing, 17]  2006.  xii, 326 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
xi
1. Introduction
1–13
2. Idiom representation and variation: A hard nut to crack
15–55
3. The cognitive architecture of meaning and language
57–92
4. Idiom representation – a cognitive-linguistic model
93–141
5. The conceptual motivation of idioms denoting SUCCESS, PROGRESS and FAILURE
143–174
6. Idiom variation and variability: a cognitive-linguistic model
175–224
7. The lexicogrammatical variation of idioms denoting SUCCESS, PROGRESS and FAILURE
225–285
8. Conclusions and outlook
287–297
Notes
299–302
References
303–315
Author Index:
317–318
Subject Index
319–325
“The book is essential for anyone involved in the study of idioms. Langlotz convincingly demonstrates that the systematic discursive behavior of idioms is an epiphenomenon of their internal semantic structure. The book shows that the systematic lexicogrammatical behavior of idioms is the result of the speaker's ability to manipulate idiomatic constructions to make them fulfill their cognitive modelling function.”
“Idioms are mostly conceived of as cliched, lifeless bits of language that have little to do with real metaphorical thought and linguistic creativity. Andi Langlotz's book presents a clear, convincing argument for the idea that idioms are multifaceted with many being wonderfully creative and reflections of both compositional and metaphorical thought processes. This book examines the vast literature on idiomaticity in linguistics and psycholinguistics, and offers a new cognitive linguistic model that beautifully accounts for the amazing diversity of idiomatic language. Simply put, this is the best, most theoretically and empirically advanced work ever done on idioms, yet should also be closely studied by all those with interests in creativity and figurative language.”
“Andreas Langlotz’s monograph is going to be the standard book on English cognitive phraseology. The book analyses the correlations between compositionality and variability for idioms from the word-field of success, progress and failure. The author gains fundamental insights into the working principles of the human mind.”
Cited by

Cited by other publications

No author info given
2014.  In Frames of Understanding in Text and Discourse [Human Cognitive Processing, 48], Crossref logo
No author info given
2014.  In Idiomatic Constructions in Italian [Lingvisticæ Investigationes Supplementa, 31], Crossref logo
No author info given
2014.  In Phraseological Substitutions in Newspaper Headlines [Human Cognitive Processing, 46], Crossref logo
No author info given
2014. Idiom properties influencing idiom production in younger and older adults. The Mental Lexicon 9:2  pp. 294 ff. Crossref logo
No author info given
2020.  In Producing Figurative Expression [Figurative Thought and Language, 10], Crossref logo
Abdel-Raheem, Ahmed
2014. The JOURNEY metaphor and moral political cognition. Pragmatics & Cognition 22:3  pp. 373 ff. Crossref logo
Arifuddin, Arifuddin, Arafiq Arafiq, I Made Sujana & Kurniawan Apgriyanto
2020. The Mastery of and Strategies for Understanding the Idiomatic Expressions Applied by the Students of Hospitality and Tourism. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education 32:3  pp. 167 ff. Crossref logo
Aydın, Burcu
2019. Cognitive processing of second language idiom comprehension: A comparative study. Dil ve Dilbilimi Çalışmaları Dergisi Crossref logo
Aydin, Burcu, Muzaffer Barin & Oktay Yagiz
2017. Comprehension of Idioms in Turkish Aphasic Participants. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 46:6  pp. 1485 ff. Crossref logo
Barnden, John
2009.  In Metaphor and Discourse,  pp. 79 ff. Crossref logo
Barnden, John
2015.  In Computational Creativity Research: Towards Creative Machines [Atlantis Thinking Machines, 7],  pp. 217 ff. Crossref logo
Barnden, John
2020.  In Figurative Meaning Construction in Thought and Language [Figurative Thought and Language, 9],  pp. 14 ff. Crossref logo
Barnden, John A.
2008. Challenges in natural language processing: the case of metaphor (commentary). International Journal of Speech Technology 11:3-4  pp. 121 ff. Crossref logo
Buerki, Andreas
2016. Formulaic sequences: a drop in the ocean of constructions or something more significant?**. European Journal of English Studies 20:1  pp. 15 ff. Crossref logo
Buerki, Andreas
2020.  In Formulaic Language and Linguistic Change, Crossref logo
Callies, Marcus
2017. ‘Idioms in the making’ and variation in conceptual metaphor. Cognitive Linguistic Studies 4:1  pp. 63 ff. Crossref logo
Chen, Yi-chen & Huei-ling Lai
2012. EFL learners’ awareness of metonymy–metaphor continuum in figurative expressions. Language Awareness 21:3  pp. 235 ff. Crossref logo
Geeraert, Kristina, John Newman & R. Harald Baayen
2017. Idiom Variation: Experimental Data and a Blueprint of a Computational Model. Topics in Cognitive Science 9:3  pp. 653 ff. Crossref logo
Gogichev, Chermen
2016. Two categorization patterns in idiom semantics. Pragmatics & Cognition 23:2  pp. 343 ff. Crossref logo
Gries, Stefan Th.
2009. What is Corpus Linguistics?. Language and Linguistics Compass 3:5  pp. 1225 ff. Crossref logo
Jahangard, Ali & Mozhgan Sedaghatkar
2019. A comparative analysis of the effect of using translation, definition, etymology, and imageable expressions on the retention of idioms. Journal of Second Language Studies 2:1  pp. 119 ff. Crossref logo
Kecskes, Istvan
2019.  In English as a Lingua Franca, Crossref logo
Kyriacou, Marianna, Kathy Conklin & Dominic Thompson
2020. Passivizability of Idioms: Has the Wrong Tree Been Barked Up?. Language and Speech 63:2  pp. 404 ff. Crossref logo
Leung, Danny Chung-hong & Crisp Peter
2011.  In Researching Chinese Learners,  pp. 43 ff. Crossref logo
Lowcre, Mea M.M. & Johan F. Hoorn
2013.  In Organic Creativity and the Physics Within, Crossref logo
Luo, Han
2019.  In Particle Verbs in English,  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Luo, Han
2019.  In Particle Verbs in English,  pp. 15 ff. Crossref logo
Luo, Han
2019.  In Particle Verbs in English,  pp. 57 ff. Crossref logo
Luo, Han
2019.  In Particle Verbs in English,  pp. 95 ff. Crossref logo
MacKenzie, Ian & Martin A. Kayman
2016. Introduction: Formulaicity and creativity in language and literature. European Journal of English Studies 20:1  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Mancuso, Azzurra, Annibale Elia, Alessandro Laudanna & Simonetta Vietri
2020. The Role of Syntactic Variability and Literal Interpretation Plausibility in Idiom Comprehension. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 49:1  pp. 99 ff. Crossref logo
Mangum, Douglas
2018. The Biblical Hebrew idiom ‘lift the face’ in the Septuagint of Job. HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 74:3 Crossref logo
Muhammad, Umar Aliyu, Ngee Thai Yap, Mei Yuit Chan & Bee Eng Wong
2016. Identification of Nigerian English idioms: A methodological perspective. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 34:4  pp. 279 ff. Crossref logo
Nguyen, Van Trao
2017. The cross-cultural analysis of the metaphorical conceptualization of happiness in English and Vietnamese. Review of Cognitive Linguistics 14:2  pp. 275 ff. Crossref logo
Oļehnoviča, Ilze, Zaiga Ikere & Solveiga Liepa
2016. The Interplay of Literal and Metaphorical Meanings in Printed Advertisement. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 231  pp. 25 ff. Crossref logo
Pitzl, Marie-Luise
2013.  In Handbook of Pragmatics,  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Reijnierse, W. Gudrun, Christian Burgers, Tina Krennmayr & Gerard J. Steen
2018. On metaphorical views, dynamite, and doodlings. Review of Cognitive Linguistics 16:2  pp. 431 ff. Crossref logo
Robles Sabater, Ferran
2016.  In Technology Implementation in Second Language Teaching and Translation Studies [New Frontiers in Translation Studies, ],  pp. 181 ff. Crossref logo
Shie, Jian-Shiung
2016. Variations in the use of intertexts at the macro-contextual level: The case of English press news. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 25:2  pp. 95 ff. Crossref logo
Sikora, Dorota, F. Neveu, B. Harmegnies, L. Hriba & S. Prévost
2018. Locutions en apprentissage de langue seconde. SHS Web of Conferences 46  pp. 05002 ff. Crossref logo
Smirnova, Elena & Lotte Sommerer
2020.  In Nodes and Networks in Diachronic Construction Grammar [Constructional Approaches to Language, 27],  pp. 2 ff. Crossref logo
Spasic, Irena, Lowri Williams & Andreas Buerki
2020. Idiom-Based Features in Sentiment Analysis: Cutting the Gordian Knot. IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing 11:2  pp. 189 ff. Crossref logo
Szczepaniak, Renata & Robert Lew
2011. The Role of Imagery in Dictionaries of Idioms. Applied Linguistics 32:3  pp. 323 ff. Crossref logo
Szcześniak, Konrad
2019. Meaning hides in the confusion of the construction. Cognitive Linguistic Studies 6:1  pp. 58 ff. Crossref logo
Torre, Enrico
2015. Language as an Emergent Construction-Network. A Close-Up on Italian Idioms.. SSRN Electronic Journal Crossref logo
Torre, Enrico
2015. Language as an Emergent Construction-Network: A Close-up on Italian Idioms. Ecological Psychology 27:3  pp. 202 ff. Crossref logo
van Loon, Mariëtte H., Anique B. H. de Bruin, Tamara van Gog & Jeroen J. G. van Merriënboer
2013. The effect of delayed-JOLs and sentence generation on children’s monitoring accuracy and regulation of idiom study. Metacognition and Learning 8:2  pp. 173 ff. Crossref logo
Wang, Yingxu & Robert C. Berwick
2012.  In 2012 IEEE 11th International Conference on Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing,  pp. 7 ff. Crossref logo
Wang, Yingxu, Robert C. Berwick, Xiangfeng Luo & Jingsheng Lei
2012.  In 2012 IEEE 11th International Conference on Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing,  pp. 94 ff. Crossref logo
WILLIAM MICHAEL SHORT
2013. MERCURY IN THE MIDDLE: THE MANY MEANINGS OF <em>(MEDIUS) SERMO</em> IN LATIN. The Classical Journal 108:2  pp. 189 ff. Crossref logo
Zhang, Hui
2019.  In Cognitive Linguistics and the Study of Chinese [Human Cognitive Processing, 67],  pp. 227 ff. Crossref logo
Žeguniene, Vaida & Laima Kupriene
2020. Phraseodidactics and Culture: Investigation of Students’ Perception. Valodu apguve: problēmas un perspektīva : zinātnisko rakstu krājums = Language Acquisition: Problems and Perspective : conference proceedings :16  pp. 146 ff. Crossref logo

This list is based on CrossRef data as of 05 august 2020. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.

Subjects

Terminology & Lexicography

Lexicography
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2006040683