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A Study on the Relations of Literal Meaning and Idiomatic Meaning in Idioms

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2003, 13(), pp.23-42
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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ABSTRACT

Kim, Jin-Hae. 2003. A Study on the Relations of Literal Meaning and Idiomatic Meaning in Idioms. Korean Semantics, 13. This paper investigate a relation between the literal meaning and the idiomatic meaning of Idioms. I analyzed their relation in the three point of view; a argument structure and case-frame structure between the literal meaning and the idiomatic meaning, a implementation of aspect by compounding auxiliary verb, modification structure in the mimetic words. The three-point analysis in this paper shows us that the idiomatic meaning has a close relation to literal meaning, so all the idiomatic-used idioms maintain a “significant” literal meaning. Idioms has functions of transferring a abstract meaning by indicating concrete event or phenomenon directly, so they has a some pattern-fixed associations in concrete events/states and abstract meanings. This paper concludes that the idiomatic meaning maintains a association to the literal meaning, and a associative possibility is pretty complex and various in the practically usage.

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