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Corpus-Based Analysis of Verb/Noun Collocations in Interdisciplinary Registers

Corpus-Based Analysis of Verb/Noun Collocations in Interdisciplinary Registers,Monica Holtz

Corpus-Based Analysis of Verb/Noun Collocations in Interdisciplinary Registers  
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This paper reports on a corpus-based analysis of verb/noun collocations in interdisciplinary registers. The research presented here is part of the project 'Linguistic Profiles of Interdisciplinary Registers'2 which is being carried out at the Darmstadt University of Technology. The ultimate goal of this project is to linguistically analyse and profile emerging registers at the boundaries of computer science and some other discipline, such as computational linguistics, bioinformatics, and computational engineering, in order to investigate recent change in language as well as assess the influence of computer science on other disciplines. This research is rooted in Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) (Halliday, 2004), and register linguistics (Halliday and Hasan, 1989; Biber, 1988, 1995; Biber et al., 1998; Biber et al., 1999). An integral part of register analysis is the linguistic characterisation of the field of discourse. The field of discourse reflects the domain- specificity of texts and is linguistically realised in terms of lexis, grammar, specialised terminology, and collocations. This work focuses on verbal complementation patterns, more specifically, verb/noun collocations. The corpus under study in this paper consists of English texts from full research articles of the domains of computer science, computational linguistics, and linguistics and comprises over 6.28 million running words. The ultimate goal of this work is to identify similarities and differences between these three disciplines in terms of field of discourse. Hence, the aim of this work is the identification, classification, and analysis of collocations for verb/noun expressions of frequent words in these domains. This paper is organised as follows. Section 2 presents a brief survey of the theoretical underpinnings of this research, corpus-based register analysis, and Systemic Functional Linguistics. Section 3 focuses on the corpus under study describing its compilation, preprocessing, annotation, and the tools used. The results of this work are discussed in Section 4 followed by conclusions in Section 5.
Published in 2007.
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