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Cultural and Linguistic Encounters

Arab EFL Learners Encoding and Decoding Idioms

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Anissa Daoudi

Idioms are universal to all languages, and figurative language is pervasive in everyday discourse. However, idiom studies rarely touch on the problems figurative language can present to non-native speakers. This book sets out to provide an original analysis of the issue, focusing on a number of languages, including Arabic, Berber, French and English. The author addresses the question of idiomaticity from linguistic, psycholinguistic and pedagogical perspectives, highlighting in particular the strategies used by Arab learners (primarily Saudis and Algerians) to decode and encode idioms.
The book explores in detail the process of identifying idioms and the factors that affect comprehension. The author also analyses the current state of bilingual Arabic-English-Arabic dictionaries and asks to what extent learners can rely on them as a source for decoding idioms.

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Abbreviations AFL Arabic as a Foreign Language Alg. Algerian Ara. Arabic EFL English as a Foreign Language Eng. English ESL English as a Second Language EGP English for General Purposes ESP English for Specific Purposes Fig. Figuratively Int. Interview L1 Native language L2 Foreign/second language Lit. Literally M Mean SPSS Statistical Programme for Social Sciences Std Standard deviation

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