Idiom FAQs:


Q: Are idioms deliberately figurative?

A: Yes.

Q: Is idiom meant to express and its literal meaning?

A: Yes, and thus an idiom like kick the bucket cannot occur as kick the pot.

Q: Is idiom translated directly word-for-word into another language?

A: Yes, and either its meaning is changed or it is meaningless.

Q: Are idioms represented as a catena which cannot be interrupted by non-idiomatic content?

A: Yes.

Q: Are idioms emphasized in most accounts of idioms?

A: Yes.

Q: Are idioms usually presumed to be figures of speech contradicting the principle of compositionality?

A: Yes.

Q: Are idioms defined as a sub-type of phraseme?

A: Yes, and the meaning of which is not the regular sum of the meanings of its component parts.

Q: Are idioms used only in a routine form?

A: Yes, and others can undergo syntactic modifications such as passivization, raising constructions, and clefting, demonstrating separable constituencies within the idiom.

Q: Are idioms a word having several meanings?

A: Yes, and sometimes simultaneously, sometimes discerned from the context of its usage.

Q: Are idioms transparent?

A: Yes.

Q: Are idioms lexical items?

A: Yes, and which means they are stored as catenae in the lexicon.

Q: Are idioms stored as catenae in the lexicon?

A: Yes, and as such, they are concrete units of syntax.