"Pale as death" or "pâle comme la mort" : Frozen similes used as literary clichés

5 Nov 2015Suzanne MpouliJean-Gabriel Ganascia

The present study is focused on the automatic identification and description of frozen similes in British and French novels written between the 19 th century and the beginning of the 20 th century. Two main patterns of frozen similes were considered: adjectival ground + simile marker + nominal vehicle (e.g. happy as a lark) and eventuality + simile marker + nominal vehicle (e.g. sleep like a top)... (read more)

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