Corpora and Lexis


The contributions in this volume provide a kaleidoscope of state-of-the-art research in corpus linguistics on lexis and lexicogrammar. Central issues are the presentation of major corpus resources (both corpora and software tools), the findings (especially about frequency) which are simply not accessible without such resources, their theoretical implications relating to both lexical units and word meanings, and the practical – especially pedagogical – applications of corpus findings. This is complemented by a lexicographer’s view on the data structures implicit in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The volume, which has sprung from the 36th ICAME conference, held in at Trier University in May 2015, will be of relevance for theoretical and applied linguists interested in corpora, word usage, and the mental lexicon.


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Biographical Note

Sebastian Hoffmann, Ph.D. (2003), University of Zurich, is Professor of English Linguistics at Trier University. His research is situated within usage-based approaches to the study of language; his main areas of interest include tag questions, World Englishes and corpus-linguistic methodology. Andrea Sand, Ph.D. (1995), habil. (2005), University of Freiburg, is Professor of English Linguistics at Trier University. Her predominantly corpus-based research is especially focused on World Englishes. She has also been involved in the compilation of several corpora (e.g. FROWN). Sabine Arndt-Lappe, Ph.D. (2005, Siegen), habil. (2014, Düsseldorf) is Professor of English Linguistics at Trier University. Her publications include various articles on English morphology, the monograph English Prosodic Morphology (2007) and an Introduction to English Linguistics (2015, co-authored). Lisa Marie Dillmann, M.A. (2016, Trier) is a PhD student at Trier University. Some of her current research interests are multilingualism, the field of sociolinguistics, World Englishes, specifically Asian Englishes and English in Singapore, and computer-mediated communication Contributors are: Contributors: Karin Aijmer, Moisés Almela, Yves Bestgen, Pascual Cantos, Maïté Dupont, Costas Gabrielatos, Sylviane Granger, John Kirk, Gabriele Knappe, Antoinette Renouf, Julia Schlüter, and Edmund Weiner.

Table of contents

List of Figures and Tables

Notes on Contributors
IntroductionSebastian Hoffmann, Andrea Sand, Sabine Arndt-Lappe and Lisa Marie Dillmann
1 Modelling Lexical Structures in the Oxford English DictionaryEdmund Weiner
2 Investigating the Circumstances of CoinageAntoinette Renouf
3 Synonym Selection as a Strategy of Stress Clash AvoidanceJulia Schlüter and Gabriele Knappe
4 Intensification with Very, Really and So in Selected Varieties of EnglishKarin Aijmer
5 The Pragmatics of Well as a Discourse Marker in Broadcast DiscussionsJohn M. Kirk
6 Between Lexis and Discourse: A Cross-Register Study of Connectors of ContrastMaïté Dupont
7 Towards a Model of Co-Collocation Analysis: Theory, Methodology, and Preliminary ResultsMoisés Almela and Pascual Cantos
8 The Lexicogrammar of Be Interested: Description and PedagogyCostas Gabrielatos
9 Tracking L2 Writers’ Phraseological Development Using Collgrams: Evidence from a Longitudinal EFL CorpusYves Bestgen and Sylviane Granger


The book is directed towards an academic readership (specialists and post-graduate students), especially to scholars interested in the lexicon and lexicogrammar who work in the field of English corpus linguistics.


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