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It's in the bag and Pigs might fly: A group of Swedish 15-Year-Old Students’ Knowledge and Interpretation of some English Idioms
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A two-part test and interviews were carried out in order to find out i) how familiar a group of 15-year-old students were with a selected set of English idioms, ii) what obstacles there were when they tried to interpret unknown idioms, and iii) if there was a difference in understanding when an idiom occurred on its own and when it occurred in a sentential context. The results show that students used different strategies in trying to interpret the meaning, such as mixing words, mixing idioms – both English and Swedish ones –, relying on encyclopaedic knowledge and giving literal interpretation. A linguistic context played an important role in interpreting the meaning of an idiom.

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2012. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Second Language Learning
National Category
Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-74982OAI: diva2:513334
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-12-13 Created: 2012-04-02 Last updated: 2012-12-13Bibliographically approved

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