Collocation: applications and implications

Geoff Barnbrook, Oliver Mason, Ramesh Krishnamurthy

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    All aspects of the concept of collocation – the phenomenon whereby words naturally tend to occur in the company of a restricted set of other words – are covered in this book. It deals in detail with the history of the word collocation, the concepts associated with it and its use in a linguistic context. The authors show the practical means by which the collocational behaviour of words can be explored using illustrative computer programs and examine applications in teaching, lexicography and natural language processing that use collocation in formation. The book investigates the place that collocation occupies in theories of language and provides a thoroughly comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the current position of collocation in language studies and applied linguistics.
    This text presents a comprehensive description of collocation, covering both the theoretical and practical background and the implications and applications of the concept as language model and analytical tool. It provides a definitive survey of currently available techniques and a detailed description of their implementation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLondon (UK)
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages266
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4039-4612-6, 978-1-4039-4613-3
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2013


    • collocation
    • language model
    • analytical tool


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