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date: 22 February 2020

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This chapter provides an overview of multi-word items (in English). After discussing contested terms such as idiom, formula, and multi-word item itself, it then examines criteria for classification of a sequence as a multi-word item, and the phraseology continuum. Next it considers different descriptive and theoretical approaches to multi-word items. The following sections look in turn at idioms, proverbs, phrasal verbs, binomials, similes, then looser kinds of formulae and phraseological item including prefabs. The final section comments briefly on some cross-linguistic aspects.

Keywords: formula, idiom, idiomaticity, multi-word item, non-compositionality, phrasal verb, phraseology, prefab, proverb

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