The College Idiom: Idioms in the COLL Corpus
2008 (English)In: ICAME Journal: Computers in English Linguistics, ISSN 0801-5775, no 32, 115-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
As with much of vocabulary, idioms in the stricter sense appear to be acquired continually throughout one’s lifetime. Since most of the material in current large-scale corpora comes from writers well out of their teens, the 3.7 M word COLL corpus of college student online newspapers from Australia, the British Isles, New Zealand, North America and South Africa (Minugh 2002) provides one of the few already-compiled sources of writing by 20-year-olds, and thus is an interesting starting point for an investigation of which idioms are in use in the writing of university students in the English-speaking world when they address their peers. Using the idioms specified in the Collins COBUILD Dictionary of Idioms as our starting point, the COLL corpus will be examined for use of idioms. Specific questions to investigate include which idioms occur, their geographic and subgenre distribution, their positions in the texts and their textual functions. Idiom-breaking, i.e. playful variation, may also be expected to occur in this particular genre, and the corpus can provide an indication of how prevalent this is, as well.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. no 32, 115-39 p.
corpus linguistics, idioms, online newspapers
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-17053OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-17053DiVA: diva2:183573