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Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure$
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Malka Rappaport Hovav, Edit Doron, and Ivy Sichel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544325

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544325.001.0001

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The Lexical Encoding of Idioms *

The Lexical Encoding of Idioms *

(p.76) 5 The Lexical Encoding of Idioms*
Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure

Martin Everaert (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter addresses the question how idioms are lexically represented, and the consequences that this has for a theory about the computational system. It argues that there is no straightforward way to use compositionality as a way to make a distinction between expressions that are idiomatic and expressions that are not idiomatic, and that only convention determines which phrases can be called an idiom.

Keywords:   idiom, compositionality, convention, lexicon, I‐/E‐language

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