Forrester, Michael A. (1995) TROPIC IMPLICATURE AND CONTEXT IN THE COMPREHENSION OF IDIOMATIC PHRASES. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 24 (1). pp. 1-22. ISSN 0090-6905. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Research concerned with how people understand idiomatic expressions has focused primarily on lexicalization, familiarity or literalness. In contrast, this study examined the extent to which comprehending idiomatic phrases in context depends upon the words which make up such phrases. Using reading time as a dependent measure and by substituting idiomatic expressions with phrases which retain the equivalent semantic meaning in context. the role of familiarity and literalness were again investigated. The results lend support to the importance of familiarity in comprehending idiomatic expressions (Schweigert. 1991); however, they raise questions about the extent to which idiomatic phrases are syntactically frozen. The findings provide a platform for considering contemporary theories of idiomatic comprehension and related theories of meaning.

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Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
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