Summer 2017


Capstone Project

Degree Name



Maggie Struck

Content Expert

Bridget Erickson


The purpose of this project was to answer the research question of: What types of idioms are common in two undergraduate texts and how often do they occur? Idiom definition and type were first explored based on several different factors. A text analysis was used in order to identify the frequency and typology of idiom occurrence within two undergraduate texts. The identified idioms’ were looked at for non-compositionality, and they were then categorized based on their level of transparency. The findings reinforced the idea that idiom instruction should be informed by corpus-based lists created from authentic language. The findings also highlighted variants in form that occurred among the idioms as well as the large percentage of phrasal verbs that were found. The project concluded with a discussion on possible pedagogical implications based on its findings.

Project Type

Discourse Analysis Project


Adult Education, ESL/ ELLs, Teachers/ Teaching, vocabulary

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