• On the Relevance of the Syntactic Flexibility of an Idiom for Its Recognition: Experimental Evidence from Polish

On the Relevance of the Syntactic Flexibility of an Idiom for Its Recognition: Experimental Evidence from Polish

DOI: https://doi.org/10.19195/0301-7966.56.13
Wojciech Witkowski
Google Scholar Wojciech Witkowski
Joanna Błaszczak
Google Scholar Joanna Błaszczak
Piotr Gulgowski
Google Scholar Piotr Gulgowski
Hanna Kędzierska
Google Scholar Hanna Kędzierska
Dorota Klimek-Jankowska
Google Scholar Dorota Klimek-Jankowska
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Abstrakt

The article is a contribution to a long-standing discussion on how idioms are represented and accessed in the mental lexicon. More specifically, in a timed cloze response study we investigate high and low syntactic flexibility idioms in Polish in order to find out whether the degree of syntactic flexibility influences the ease and time of idioms’ recognition. By doing so we contribute to the question of whether idioms are differently represented in the lexicon depending on their syntactic flexibility, as suggested by Nunberg et al. 1994 and Gibbs and Nayak 1989, or whether all idioms independent of their syntactic flexibility are represented lexically in the same hybrid way, as suggested by Cutting and Bock 1997 and Sprenger et al. 2006. The results of our study support the latter view.

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