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Ioannou, Georgios; - Resumen

The focus of the following thesis is the cognitive mechanisms relevant to theinterpretation of English idiomatic expressions by native speakers of Spanish. It does so througha quantitative and qualitative analysis of the responses given by 70 participants of 24 idioms,presented to them with and without context. The idiomatic expressions are classified accordingto their degree of transparency, their nuclei of information, as well as according to their degree ofcompositionality: isomorphic, globally motivated, partially motivated and non-motivated idioms.The analysis aims at evaluating the hypothesis underlying this research that assumes constancyof schematization among the different interpretations an idiom gets, regardless its degree ofopacity. Regarding the quantitative aspect, the results suggest that the degree of transparency ofan idiom may be strongly influenced by the degree of compositionality that the idiom has.Insofar as the processes of integration of the idiomatic expressions is concerned, the qualitativeanalysis of the results shows that there occurs a constancy of domains, schematic figurations andimage schemas in the interpretations provided by the subjects, both in de-contextualised andcontextualised instances.Nota general

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