Set phrase - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A set phrase or ﬁxed phrase is a phrase whose parts are ﬁxed, even if the phrase could be changed without harming the literal meaning. This is because a set phrase is a culturally accepted phrase. A set phrase does not necessarily have any literal meaning in and of itself. Set phrases may function as idioms (e.g. red herring) or as words with a unique referent (e.g. Red Sea). There is no clear dividing line between a commonly used phrase and a set phrase. It is also not easy to draw a clear distinction between set phrases and compound words. In theoretical linguistics, two-word set phrases are said to arise during the generative formation of English nouns. A certain stricter notion of set phrases, more in line with the concept of a lexical item, provides an important underpinning for the formulation of Meaning-Text Theory.
Examples of set phrases
Some set phrases are used as either their own statement or as part of a longer statement: I see - Can be used both metaphorically and literally. I don't know Thank you - There is an implied "I" that is almost never used with the set phrase. You're welcome - Note that while 'You are welcome' would have the same literal meaning, it is very rarely used in the same way. Others are almost always used with more detail added: Don't look now... - Used either literally or ﬁguratively to warn someone about an imminent misfortune. You know... - Usually used rhetorically to make the audience think about the following topic.
Cliché Collocation Fossilization (linguistics) Idiom Lexical item Phrasal verb Phraseme
1 of 2 2/19/13 5:15 AM
Retrieved from "http://en. Oxford: Oxford University Press.org/wiki/Set_phrase
1. (1992) The Oxford Companion to the English Language.wikipedia.Set phrase . Tom. additional terms may apply. Inc. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License..Wikipedia.
2 of 2
2/19/13 5:15 AM
. the free encyclopedia
http://en. a non-proﬁt organization.php?title=Set_phrase&oldid=536442167" Categories: Lexis (linguistics) This page was last modiﬁed on 4 February 2013 at 01:05. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation.org/w/index.wikipedia.