Show Less

Cultural and Linguistic Encounters

Arab EFL Learners Encoding and Decoding Idioms


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.


Show Summary Details
Restricted access

Bibliography 147


Bibliography Dictionaries Al‑Saghīr, A. Malayen, Dictionary of English Idioms English-Arabic-English (Riyadh: Al‑Khaled Printing Press, 1956). Ba’albaki, M., Al Mawrid: A Modern English-Arabic Dictionary (Beirut: Dar‑El‑Ilm Lil‑Malayeen, 2000). Cowen, M., The Hans Wehr A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic. Fourth Edition (Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz). Cowie, A. P., Mackin, R. and McCaig, I., Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English, Volume 2. Sentence, Clause and Phrase Idioms (Oxford: Oxford Uni‑ versity Press, 1983). Cowie, A. P., Mackin, R. and McCaig, I., Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985). Doniach, N. S., The Concise Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary of Current Usage (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982). Kharma, N. and E., N., Al-Misbāh Students’ Dictionary English-English-Arabic (Beirut: Librairie du Liban, 1986). Long, T. H. and Summers, D., Longman Dictionary of English Idioms (London: Longman, 1979). Sinclair, J., et al., Collins COBUILD dictionary of idioms (London: HarperCollins, 1979). Thompson, D., The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English. Ninth edition (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996). 148 Bibliography Other References Abdullah, K., The analysis and classification of English idioms, with special reference to the comprehension of idioms by advanced Syrian learners of English (Unpublished PhD Thesis: University of Central England, Birmingham, 1998). Abu‑Ssayadeh, A., ‘Translation of English idioms to Arabic’, Babel 50/2 (2004), 114–131. Ackerman, B. P., ‘On comprehending idioms: Do children get the picture?’, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 33 (1982), 439–454. Agius, D., Arabic Literary Works as a Source of Documentation for Technical...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.