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Idioms: Description, Comprehension, Acquisition, and Pedagogy


reviewed by Luciana Diniz December 05, 2008

coverTitle: Idioms: Description, Comprehension, Acquisition, and Pedagogy
Author(s): Dilin Liu
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 080586346X, Pages: 208, Year: 2008
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Idioms are a complicated aspect of language. They are difficult to be explained, identified, understood, and learned. Given the complexity of this topic, Dilin Liu does an excellent job of providing a comprehensive overview of current research and offering a balance between theory and practice in what concerns idioms in language teaching. The ten chapters of the book Idioms: Description, Comprehension, Acquisition, and Pedagogy are divided into three parts: (1) idioms and their use, (2) idiom comprehension, and (3) idiom acquisition and pedagogy. The two chapters in Part I present a comprehensive discussion of idiom theoretical research. First, the author discusses the wide range of definitions and classifications of idioms across the literature. This language feature has received a variety of labels such as fixed expressions, stable collocations, core idioms, multiword units, pre- and semi-fabricated phrases, among many others. Because of the lack of consistency in the definition and classification... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 05, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15460, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 7:45:39 PM

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