Tony McEnery Seminar: Collocations in context. Tuesday 5th May

Prof Tony McEnery will present the next LuCiD seminar on Collocations in context: A new perspective on collocation networks. The seminar will take place from 12.00-13.30 on Tuesday 5th May at Lancaster University and is open to anyone wishing to attend.


The idea that text in a particular field of discourse is organized into lexical patterns, which can be visualized as networks of words that collocate with each other, was originally proposed by Phillips (1983). This idea has important theoretical implications for our understanding of the relationship between the lexis and the text and (ultimately) between the text and the discourse community/the mind of the speaker. Although the approaches to date have offered different possibilities for constructing collocation networks, we argue that they have not yet successfully operationalized some of the desired features of such networks. In this talk, we revisit the concept of collocation networks and introduce GraphColl, a new tool developed by the authors that builds collocation networks from user-defined corpora. In a case study using data from McEnery‟s (2006a) study of the Society for the Reformation of Manners Corpus (SRMC), we demonstrate that collocation networks provide important insights into meaning relationships in language. This work is in collaboration with Vaclav Brezina and Steve Wattam.

Where: LT06, Management School, Lancaster University

When: 12.00-13.30, Tuesday 5th May


Details for getting to Lancaster University can be found on their website, and Management School LT06 is building 52 on the Lancaster University Campus Map.

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