Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory
Founded by Gries, Stefan Th. / Stefanowitsch, Anatol
Ed. by Wulff, Stefanie
IMPACT FACTOR 2017: 1.200
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 1.386
CiteScore 2017: 0.80
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Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2017: 0.930
In this paper I want to re-examine the key corpus-linguistic notion of semantic preference. This is defined here as the collocation of a lexical item with items from a specific (more or less general) semantic subset. The article aims to throw some light on the term semantic preference, and to examine in more detail some aspects of semantic preference that are frequently neglected in research. It also discusses how semantic preference interacts with syntax and meaning, and what happens when semantic preferences are not ‘realized’ in context. Finally, it seeks to illuminate the distinction between semantic preference and semantic prosody, and points to future research in this area.
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