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Diachrony and Synchrony in English Corpus Linguistics

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Edited By Alejandro Alcaraz Sintes and Salvador Valera Hernández

The volume brings together a selection of invited articles and papers presented at the 4 th International CILC Conference held in Jaén, Spain, in March 2012. The chapters describe English using a range of corpora and other resources. There are two parts, one dealing with diachronic research and the other with synchronic research. Both parts investigate several aspects of the English language from various perspectives and illustrate the use of corpora in current research. The structure of the volume allows for the same linguistic aspect to be discussed both from the diachronic and the synchronic point of view. The chapters are also useful examples of corpus use as well as of use of other resources as corpus, specifically dictionaries. They investigate a broad array of issues, mainly using corpora of English as a native language, with a focus on corpus tools and corpus description.
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Dictionary-based corpus linguistics and beyond: developments in the expression of motion events in the history of English: Teresa Fanego

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TERESA FANEGO

Dictionary-based corpus linguistics and beyond: developments in the expression of motion events in the history of English1

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This chapter examines changes in the lexicon of English verbs of manner of motion (e.g., walk, crawl, dash, etc.) from Old English to the present day, with special attention to the emergence of new manner-of-motion construction types, such as the ‘sound emission to motion’ construction (SEtoM Cxn) (e.g., Sir Ascelin clanked into the hall). It also discusses some of the problems of data collection for the corpus linguist when faced with an open-ended linguistic system like vocabulary, as opposed to the more or less finite systems of grammar and phonology. ← 55 | 56 →

1.Introduction: sources of data

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