Linguistik online 27, 2/06

On Idiom Parts and their Contexts

Jan-Philipp Soehn (Tübingen)



This article examines idiomatic expressions as sources of both regularity and irregularity in language. Some morphological, lexical, syntactical, and semantical characteristics of idioms are discussed. It is shown how a lexical licensing mechanism, which is formulated within a formal grammar framework, can deal with the data. After that, this proposal is extended to the phenomenon of negative polarity.

KEYWORDS: Irregularity, Regularity, HPSG, Idioms, Bound Words, Polarity Items, German


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