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Academic Paper


Title: Expressions and Structures of the Delexical Verb ΚΑΝΩ ["make"/"do"] in Modern Greek Language: A corpus-based approach to newspaper articles
Author: Marianna N. Christou
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Institution: University of Athens
Linguistic Field: Lexicography; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: Greek, Modern
Abstract: In this study I intend to explore the usage of the Modern Greek verb ΚΑΝΩ by means of a sub-corpus extracted from the 30-million-word written Hellenic National Corpus (HNC) developed by the Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP) in Greece. In the belief that there is a cline of semantic differentiation between fixed expressions with figurative meaning on the one hand, and ‘simple’ collocations of ΚΑΝΩ with nouns on the other, I stress the need for applying this cline to language research. In addition, I present arguments for the explanation of the syntactic distribution of such phrases, which would contribute to the understanding of delexical structures./L//L/For the purposes of this study, I start with some methodological issues. Next, I adopt the term cline of idiomaticity for the development of a theoretical framework that supports the generalised structure of ΚΑΝΩ + noun, and divides all the instances of my sub-corpus into five categories. Subsequently, I refer to the distribution of the verb and its complement within either the same or different clauses. Finally, I discuss the significance of adopting the proposed cline of idiomaticity in dictionary-making, since this proposes a shift of the lexical load that a lexicographer needs to clarify and describe.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Christou, M. N. (2003). “Expressions and Structures of the Delexical Verb ΚΑΝΩ [“make”/“do”] in Modern Greek language: A corpus-based approach to newspaper articles”. Στο D. Archer, P. Rayson, A. Wilson and T. McEnery (επιμ.), Proceedings of the Corpus Linguistics 2003 Conference. UCREL Technical Paper Number 16, vol. 1. Lancaster: UCREL Technical Papers. 145-154.
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