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Multiword expressions (MWEs), such as noun compounds (such as nickname in English, and Ohrwurm in German), complex verbs (such as give up in English, and aufgeben in German) and idioms (such as break the ice in English, and das Eis brechen in German), may be interpreted literally but often undergo meaning shifts with respect to their constituents. Theoretical, psycholinguistic as well as computational linguistic research remain puzzled by when and how MWEs receive literal vs. meaning-shifteddoi:10.5281/zenodo.3598576 fatcat:isbduwdib5byvcjue22u2mmeh4