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Title: Lexicogrammar and collocation : a systemic functional exploration
Authors: Matthiessen, C 
Keywords: Collocation
Semantic motif
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Publisher: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Source: Revista signos, Dec. 2009, v. 42, no. 71, p. 333-383 How to cite?
Journal: Revista signos 
Abstract: In this paper I will explore the relationship between grammatical patterns and lexical collocations. By grammatical patterns I mean both grammatical types (paradigmatic patterns) and grammatical structures (syntagmatic patterns): I am interested both in what grammatical types engender collocational patterns and in what grammatical structural functions the lexical collocates serve. I will interpret collocation as a lexicogrammatical phenomenon - one that is at the same time both lexical and grammatical. I will also suggest that there is a cline between (i) collocations involving particular lexical items and (ii) more general constraints on the co-occurrence of lexicogrammatical types. In the course of the investigation I will suggest how collocational patterns might be explained by reference to semantic motifs.
ISSN: 0718-0934 (online)
DOI: 10.4067/S0718-09342009000300003
Rights: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons license (
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