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Title: On a systematic component of meaning in idioms
Authors: McGinnis, Martha
Keywords: Linguistics;Idioms;Semantics;Morphology
Issue Date: Sep-2002
Publisher: University of Calgary
Citation: McGinnis, M. (2002). On a systematic component of meaning in idioms. Calgary Working Papers in Linguistics, 24(Fall), 1-8.
Abstract: It has traditionally been assumed that the meaning of some or all phrasal idioms is non-compositional. However, I argue here that the aspectual meaning of idioms is completely systematic: there are no special aspectual restrictions on idioms, and moreover, the aspectual properties of an idiom are compositional, combining the aspectual properties of its syntactic constituents in the usual way. I show that this observation supports the theory of Distributed Morphology (Halle & Marantz 1994).
ISSN: 2371-2643
Appears in Collections:Volume 24, Fall 2002

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