Collins Cobuild Dictionary of Idioms

Collins Cobuild Dictionary of Idioms
Publisher: Collins
Date: 1997
Pages: 514
Format: PDF (OCR), DJVU
Size: 83.5MB

The Cobuild Dictionary of Idioms, like other Cobuild dictionaries, is based on an extensive study of a large corpus of modem English texts, and so it is in a unique position to describe idioms in current English. Idioms are one of the most interesting and difficult parts of the English vocabulary. They are interesting because they are colorful and lively, and because they are linguistic curiosities. At the same time, they are difficult because they have unpredictable meanings or collocations and grammar, and often have special connotations. Idioms are frequently neglected in general dictionaries and in classroom teaching, because they are considered marginal items which are quaint but not significant. Yet research into idioms shows that they have important roles in spoken language and in writing, in particular in conveying evaluations and in developing or maintaining interactions. The Cobuild Dictionary of idioms sets out to give detailed coverage of these points.
The Cobuild Dictionary of ldioms is primarily intended for teachers of English and Intermediate-advanced learners, although we hope that many other people will find it interesting and useful. It deals with approximately 4400 English idioms, and illustrates them with a rich collection of examples which are drawn from The Bank of English and which show how idioms are used in real English. There is a workbook – the Cobuild Idioms Workbook – to accompany the dictionary, written by Malcolm Goodale. It is designed for both class work and self-study, and concentrates on 250 of the idioms explained in the dictionary.