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Szabó, Adel Antoinette. 2007. The metaphorical motivation for idiomatic meaning. Cadernos de Semiótica 8 (2) : 301–304. 4 pp. URL
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People should have strong conventional images for many idioms. Those images are constructed on the basis of the conceptual metaphors motivating the figurative meaning of idioms. Thus, idioms are not 'dead' metaphors with their meanings being arbitrarily determined, in many cases their meanings being motivated by the speaker's tacit knowledge of the conceptual metaphors underlying the meanings of these figurative phrases. (Adel Antoinette Szabó)