ERIC Number: ED366196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Collocations: Where Grammar and Vocabulary Teaching Meet.
Kennedy, Graeme D.
Traditionally, the study of language patterns has been viewed primarily in terms of rules of grammar and discourse and of vocabulary choice. Researchers are now exploring the nature of collocations, or patterns of word sequence or co-occurrence in discourse. Most of the attention has been focused on colorful collocations, not on more ordinary usage. Computer analysis of large corpora now make description of patterns possible. An analysis of the use of four English prepositions ("at, from, between, through") in collocation in one large corpus of British English illustrates the potential of this area of study. Results of the analysis indicate that the prepositions have distinctive patterns of co-occurrence with different form classes (e.g., nouns vs. verbs), and can not be viewed or taught as relatively interchangeable grammatical items. Some problems in interpreting and using collocation analyses persist, such as judgments about significance of word sequences as collocations, and the number of words that can occur between elements of the collocation. However, study of collocations may have implications for theories of language learning, theories and models of language processing, content of language instruction, and pedagogical practice. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In Sarinee, Anivan, Ed. Language Teaching Methodology for the Nineties. Anthology Series 24; see FL 021 739.