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Coxhead developed and evaluated something called the "Academic Word List" for English Language Learners. This is a list of (supposedly) the most common "academic" terms to be used by students from non-English speaking countries to prepare them to study in countries like the States, Canada, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, New Zealand, and Australia.

Does anyone have an idea if there is an "Academic Idioms List?" I've search over 30 websites and only found, for example, the top 50 English Idioms or the top 100 English Idioms. But I'm looking for a list that focuses more on "academic" idioms like "shed light on," "take advantage of," and so forth.

I have the Cambridge and Oxford English Idioms Dictionaries, but again, these offer all kinds of idioms. I'm focused on finding "academic-based" ones.

Much thanks!!!!!

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  • Even a partial list would be helpful. Cheers! Or if you know of someone who is in the midst of working on one. – Patrick T. Randolph Dec 9 '14 at 6:21
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    It may be relevant to mention that the use of idioms is strongly discouraged in serious/formal academic writing. Perhaps that explains the difficulty in finding such a list as the OP is looking for. – Kris Dec 9 '14 at 7:23
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    And idioms are by NO means discouraged in academic use. Take a look at any article from neuroscience to linguistics and you will see many idioms within. Go to an American lecture at any university and you will see /hear them as well. – Patrick T. Randolph Dec 9 '14 at 12:45
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    Recent research (Liu) showed professors using idioms about every 3-4 minutes in a lecture. – Patrick T. Randolph Dec 9 '14 at 12:46
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a request for resources. – Hellion May 5 '15 at 16:54