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By Ashraf Abdou

Idioms signify a desirable linguistic phenomenon that has captured the eye of many linguists for many years. This corpus-based learn of idioms in sleek commonplace Arabic sheds mild on their complex nature, establishes the key styles in their linguistic behaviour, and offers motives for those styles.

Adopting a descriptive framework, the examine addresses major matters with reference to the discursive behaviour of idioms: the discursive features that they practice and the ways that they give a contribution to the harmony in their texts. analyzing basic info in regards to the semantic, discursive, lexical and grammatical homes of Arabic idioms, the writer touches at the ubiquity of those expressions in language use, the big variety of capabilities they practice in discourse, the issues they typically reason in domain names equivalent to overseas language studying and translation, and their normal divergence from the traditional principles of grammar and semantic compositionality.

Providing factors for significant linguistic phenomena, this research can be obtainable to linguists, translators, lexicographers, translation software program builders, and language lecturers in addition to learners.

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The news agencies are Agence France Presse and Xinhua News Agency. The newspapers are Al-Hayat, Al-Nahar, and Al-Ummah. I have not conducted systematic, exhaustive examinations of this corpus because it is extremely large such that it cannot be investigated thoroughly by an individual researcher. This corpus consists of 489,729,594 words. In addition, although the LDC Arabic Corpus makes use of some advanced searching tools such as wildcards, it does not utilize many of the functions of regular expressions.

The second presents the results of the analysis with regard to the figurative patterns that underlie the data examples. The third introduces the notion of isomorphism and looks at how Arabic idioms may be classified with regard to it. Finally, the fourth section discusses the results of the analysis. g. the nature and range of the discursive functions they perform. For instance, Moon (1998) found that 89 percent of the expressions in the class designated metaphors* in her data have some evaluative content.

In the light of the foregoing observations, one may say that using newspaper Arabic (or even newspaper language in general) as the major data source for a study that is concerned with idioms in a variety that predominates in written communication can be regarded as an instance of employing information-rich samples. Such samples are exploited in research because they contain many examples of the phenomenon under examination and, therefore, can yield considerable insight into it (see Perry 2005).

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