Title: Idiom variation: Experimental data and a blueprint of a computational model
Authors: Geeraert, Kristina ×
Newman, John
Baayen, R. Harald #
Issue Date: Mar-2017
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Series Title: Topics in Cognitive Science pages:1-17
Article number: 1756-8757
Abstract: Corpus surveys have shown that the exact forms with which idioms are realized are subject to variation. We report a rating experiment showing that such alternative realizations have varying degrees of acceptability.
Idiom variation challenges processing theories associating idioms with fixed multi-word form units (Bobrow & Bell, 1973), fixed configurations of words (Cacciari & Tabossi, 1988), or fixed superlemmas (Sprenger, Levelt & Kempen, 2006), as they do not explain how it can be that speakers produce variant forms that listeners can still make sense of. A computational model simulating comprehension with naive discriminative
learning is introduced that provides an explanation for the different degrees of acceptability of several idiom variant types. Implications for multi-word units in general are discussed.
ISSN: 1756-8757
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics (QLVL), Leuven
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