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Collocations in grammaticalization and variation

Rena Torres Cacoullos and James A. Walker

in The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586783
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199586783.013.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Collocations in grammaticalization and variation

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This article compares collocations in grammaticalisation and linguistic variation. It shows how patterns of distribution and co-occurrence can be used to demonstrate the variability and gradience of constituency using examples of grammaticalisation in Spanish and English. The article examines the role of collocations in contributing to apparent semantic effects in grammatical variation and discusses the two measures of collocation status: indices of unithood and relative frequency.

Keywords: collocations; grammaticalisation; linguistic variation; co-occurrence; Spanish; English; semantic effects; grammatical variation; unithood; relative frequency

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Sociolinguistics

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