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A Syntactic Study of Idioms

Psychological States in English and Their Constraints

Author(s): Anna Dąbrowska
Subject: Linguistics

Book Description

Since the general tendencies of present-day English focus more on idiomatic usage, it seems to be worth paying attention to the role phraseological units play in a language. In the field of English phraseology, linguists have shown a constant interest in idioms. Undoubtedly, not only are idioms an important part of the language and culture of the society, but they also carry more impact than non-idiomatic expressions because of their close identification with a particular language and culture. It is difficult to speak or write English without using idioms, especially while describing one’s emotional or mental condition. Therefore, it is interesting and worthwhile to to analyse both the language of phraseological units and emotions. In other words, this book focuses not only on idioms, but also on one’s psychological condition.

However, its purpose is neither to discuss the issues of idioms and emotions from the psychological point of view, nor provide a conceptual analysis of emotional metaphors. Instead, the book analyses idioms referring to psychological states in English from the perspective of syntax, focusing particularly both on the syntactic structure of this specific set of verbal psych-idioms, and on the constraints on the way they are built. Therefore, the most current studies, performed within the scope of the Phase Theory and the Idioms as Phases Hypothesis are chosen to address certain syntactic problems that idioms pose.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0616-9
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0616-9
Date of Publication: 01/03/2018
Pages / Size: 371 / A5
Price: £68.99


Anna Dąbrowska obtained her PhD at the Department of Theoretical Linguistics of the Institute of English Studies in John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. Her research compares the special syntactic and aspectual properties of psychological predicates with the properties of idioms referring to psychological states, as well as English and Polish idioms, proper names in fixed phrases, psychological predicates, and the unaccusative-unergative dichotomy of verbs.