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Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory

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Exploring text-initial words, clusters and concgrams in a newspaper corpus

Matthew Brook O'donnell, / Mike Scott, / Michaela Mahlberg, / Michael Hoey,
Published Online: 2013-02-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cllt-2012-0004


The notion of ‘textual colligation’ predicts that certain lexical items have a tendency to occur at particular points in a text, i.e. the beginning or end of texts, paragraphs or sentences. This paper describes new corpus-based methods developed to identify the profile of words, clusters (n-grams) and concgrams (non-contiguous patterns in variant order) in terms of their most common textual locations. Groups of co-occurring text-initial items are then analyzed in terms of their discourse function in relation to theories of newspaper structure. This analysis illustrates how methods from corpus linguistics, when targeted to specific textual positions, can complement text-linguistic analyses.

Keywords:: textual colligation; keyness analysis; concgrams; WordSmith Tools; text structure; newspaper discourse

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Published Online: 2013-02-27

Published in Print: 2012-05-25

Citation Information: Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 73–101, ISSN (Online) 1613-7035, ISSN (Print) 1613-7027, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cllt-2012-0004.

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