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Experience, Evidence, and SenseThe Hidden Cultural Legacy of English$
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Anna Wierzbicka

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368000

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368000.001.0001

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Investigating English Phraseology with Two Tools: NSM and Google

Investigating English Phraseology with Two Tools: NSM and Google

(p.395) 10 Investigating English Phraseology with Two Tools: NSM and Google
Experience, Evidence, and Sense

Anna Wierzbicka (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses experience of comparing the conclusions drawn from the semantic analysis of selected collocations (combining sense with an adjective) with the results of Google searches that targeted the same collocations. The discussion is organized as follows. First, it discusses contrasts that are both stable and clear and then those that are both stable and overwhelmingly sharp. It then addresses the question of proportions and patterns versus absolute figures. This is followed by a discussion of the issue of anomalies and the limitations of Google searches of the kind undertaken here. Next the chapter presents the results of monitoring hit counts over an extended period of time and compare the outcome of searches with Google and with Yahoo. It concludes with an overall evaluation of the use of Google as a tool for a large-scale semantic study of phraseology.

Keywords:   semantic analysis, collocations, semantics, Google, phraseology, Yahoo

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