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Idiom Variability across Different Varieties of English



Year of publication 2019
Type Conference abstract
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The presentation wishes to investigate the grammatical and semantic variability of the idiom “Bob’s your uncle” across different varieties of English, employing the cognitive linguistic and the cultural linguistic perspectives. The analysis, undertaken with the help of the NOW corpus, revealed that proper names in name idioms are prone to considerable variability. It was also revealed that the topic of the text, in which the modified idiom is used, as well as the intention of its producer, play an important role in the whole process. In view of these findings, possible paths of future research were suggested at the end of the presentation.
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