Holt, Elizabeth and Drew, Paul (2001) Idiomatic expressions as topical pivots. In: Interdisciplinary Workshop on Corpus-Based & Processing Approaches to Figurative Language (part of Corpus Linguistics Conference 2001), 30th March - 2nd April 2001, Lancaster University.

This paper originates from ongoing research into the occurrence and use of idiomatic expressions in interaction. Using conversation analysis we focus on the design of these expressions and the patterns that underlie the way they form part of larger sequences. We are interested in recurrent structural and sequential features of the use of idiomatic expressions in the ongoing series of actions which account for their selection over nonidiomatic alternatives.

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