By Lynne Flowerdew (auth.)
A serious exam of key thoughts and matters in corpus linguistics, with a selected specialise in the increasing interdisciplinary nature of the sphere and the function that written and spoken corpora now play in those diverse disciplines. It additionally provides a sequence of corpus-based case reports illustrating primary issues and top practices.
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2 for discussion of a ‘psycholinguistic’ approach to collocation). Semantic prosody The final part of the previous section briefly touched on the concept of semantic prosody, first dealt with in depth in a seminal and oft quoted article by Louw (1993), who acknowledges Sinclair (1987, 1991) as generating the first computationally derived ‘profile’ of this phenomenon (Sinclair, himself, refers to Bréal (1897) for coining the term ‘contagion’ to signify the transference of meaning, usually pejorative, as the product of habitual collocations).
Another murky area where decoding of corpus data can be fraught with problems is in relation to the pragmatic decoding of text. 14. While corpus data can be very useful for highlighting specific functions, their pragmatic import is less clear. g. g. 7 Functional vs pragmatic decoding of collocational patterning Thanking you for your kind invitation Thank you very much for your kind invitation Many thanks for your kind invitation I thank you for your kind invitation to address the audience, I rem to your Christmas party.
Would the compound hedge would appear and appear, marginally differing in their degree of attenuation, be classified as one type and how would one search a corpus for these? Another problem relates to the status of a word and whether it has a technical or more of a general meaning. e. specific to a particular sub-discipline, often occur as part of a multi-word unit (see Yang 1986 for a corpus investigation of such items). When the same word occurs on its own it could take on a more general meaning.