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Frazeologie a idiomatika: Jejich podstata a proměnlivost názorů na ně
Phraseology and idiomatics: their essence and the changing views on the subject

Author(s): František Čermák
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Phraseology
Published by: Univerzita Karlova v Praze - Filozofická fakulta, Vydavatelství
Keywords: idiom/phraseme; analogy/anomaly; definition; identification; test;

Summary/Abstract: The paper addresses most of the current problems in phraseology. General observations on the universal character of idioms and the major aspects of the topic are followed by critical analysis ofa prototypical statement about the essential nature of idioms. Much of the analysis centres aroundthe notions of analogy and anomaly. The paper considers the form of the idiom, its analysability,modifiability and metaphoric character, and then challenges the current views on these. Next, thediscussion of the idiom and its meaning returns to metaphor and hypothetical decomposition andbriefly summarises some of the semantic features of idioms. It suggests that the function of idioms,and the issues of their form and meaning, are best revealed through the character and type of theirtextual anomalies. The author then presents his views on idioms and their study, referring to analogyand anomaly, regular and irregular language and especially language combinatorics. His approachwas tested on data collected for a comprehensive four-volume dictionary of Czech idioms. The paper describes types of combinations and the crucial notions of collocational and virtual paradigms.It offers and exemplifies definitions of idioms and a test for the identification of idioms in text, anda desideratum for further testing of the proposed theory.

  • Issue Year: 98/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 199-217
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Czech