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 http://www.ccil.org/~cowan email@example.com
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