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date: 08 May 2021

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This chapter presents a constructionist analysis of words and idioms. It provides a summary of early constructionist research that argued in favor of viewing idioms not as anomalies, and addresses the problem of how the degree of semantic and syntactic irregularity of different constructions can be measured quantitatively. The chapter proposes a quantitative measure that numerically expresses this degree of semantic similarity and which can be considered a numerical measure of compositionality.

Keywords: words, idioms, constructionist analysis, semantic irregularity, syntactic irregularity, quantitative measure, semantic similarity, compositionality

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