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Title: Exploring phraseological variations by concgramming : the realization of complete patterns of variations
Authors: Cheng, W 
Leung, SNM
Keywords: Phraseology
ConcGram 1.0
Word co-selection
Constituency and positional variations
Phraseological variations
Issue Date: Dec-2012
Publisher: The Institute for the Study of Language and Information, Kyung Hee University at Seoul
Source: Linguistic Research, 2012, v. 29, no. 3, p. 617-638 How to cite?
Journal: Linguistic Research 
Abstract: The significance of studying the co-selection of words has long been recognized. More traditional corpus linguistic approaches or tools help to find co-selections in the form of contiguous words (i.e. n-gram, or lexical bundles and clusters) or non-contiguous patterns. However, phraseologies in the form of non-contiguous co-occurrence with positional variations are rarely examined. Here it is argued that they are worth examining and have significance for better understanding language use and meaning. One reason for the rare discussion of these phraseologies is that they are not easily discovered with more traditional approaches and tools. This paper describes the realisation of different patterns of phraseological variations, exemplified with five concgrams (i.e. co-occurrence of words) extracted from two profession-specific corpora. With the use of an innovative corpus linguistic software, ConcGram 1.0 (Greaves, 2009), the frequencies and patterns of all of the possible phraseological variations (constituency and positional variations) of the concgrams are analysed. The illustration and analysis have implications on the application values of studying phraseological variations using concgramming. (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University).
Rights: © The Institute for the Study of Language and Information, Kyung Hee University at Seoul 2012. Reproduced with permission of the publisher.
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