Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.
'This book is a neat and compact package of studies illuminating the
phenomenon of German multi-word units from various angles. Its object is
interesting and current in linguistics, and the fact that the studies are
corpus-based makes it even more topical… Fellbaum's Idioms and Collocations
is a very welcome contribution to the field of idiom research and offers
valuable information about corpus-based study of multi-word units.'
- Esa Penttilä, Department of English, University of Joensuu, Finland, The
This book demonstrates how corpus-based research can advance the
understanding of linguistic phenomena in a given language. By presenting a
detailed analysis of collocations and idioms in a digital corpus of English
and German, the contributors to this volume show how the use of
collocations and idioms has changed over time, and suggests possible
triggers for this change. The book not only examines what these
collocations and idioms are, but also what their purpose is within languages.
Idioms and Collocations is divided into three sections. The first section
discusses the construction, composition and annotation of the corpus.
Chapters in the second section describe the methods for querying the
corpus, the generation and maintenance of the example subcorpora, and the
linguistic-lexicographic analyses of the target idioms. Finally, the third
section presents the results of specific investigations into the syntactic,
semantic, and historical properties of collocations. This book presents
original work in corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, theoretical
linguistics and lexicography. It will be useful for researchers in academic
and industrial settings, and lexicographers.