Linguistic Levels: Idioms and fixed expressions

Professorship/Faculty: English and Historical Linguistics  
Authors: Knappe, Gabriele  
Title of the compilation: Englisch Historical Linguistics : An International Handbook
Editors: Bergs, Alexander; Brinton, Laurel J.
Publisher Information: Berlin ; Boston, Mass. : De Gruyter Mouton
Year of publication: 2012
Pages / Size: S. 177 - 196
ISBN: 978-3-11-025159-3
Series ; Volume: Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft ; 34.1
Year of first publication: 2012
Language(s): English
Document Type: Contribution to an Articlecollection
In order to establish a framework of reference for an approach to historical English phraseology,
a brief discussion of the concept and scope of phraseology and phraseological
scholarship is provided in Section 2. On this basis, Section 3 approaches historical phraseology
in two consecutive steps – always paying special regard to English: a brief overview
of the state of historical phraseology leads to major approaches, which establish the main procedure in Sections 4 to 6. In Section 4, the role of metalinguistic sources for historical
phraseology is pointed out, especially with relation to the identification of phraseological units in historical texts. Theories of the origin, rise, and kinds of change of phraseological units as well as the employment of English phraseological units in literary texts are the subjects of Section 5. While Section 5 is thus concerned with change in the phraseological system over time, Section 6, vice versa, finishes off the article with an outlook on the influence of frequent word combinations and phraseology on language
change in a broader perspective.
Keywords: historical phraseology, idioms, English, phraseology
Release Date: 16. August 2012