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USAGE: idioms with variable objects (was: deeply embedded VSO nightmare)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Friday, October 26, 2001, 13:54
Matthew Pearson scripsit:

> But no such idioms exist in English. In fact, it's been claimed that > no language anywhere has such idioms. If we assume that idioms are stored > in our mental dictionaries as phrases (constituents), then we could take > this observation (if true) as evidence that languages treat a verb and > its object as a phrase, to the exclusion of the subject of that phrase > (at least underlyingly).
I think that Russian has an idiom of the form "The devil's grandmother knows X", where X is an event, and meaning that X is obscure, incomprehensible, or generally f****-ed up. -- John Cowan Please leave your values | Check your assumptions. In fact, at the front desk. | check your assumptions at the door. --sign in Paris hotel | --Miles Vorkosigan


Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>idioms with variable objects (was: deeply embedded VSOnightmare)