Chapter published in:Advances in Corpus-based Research on Academic Writing: Effects of discipline, register, and writer expertise
Edited by Ute Römer, Viviana Cortes and Eric Friginal
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 95] 2020
► pp. 334–353
A multi-dimensional view of collocations in academic writing
This chapter discusses the identification of the major sets of interrelated collocations in academic writing across different disciplines, or dimensions of collocation. A corpus of textbooks and research articles from Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, containing 10.6 million words across 230 texts was analyzed using a collocational multi-dimensional analysis framework (Berber Sardinha 2017). Results show four dimensions of collocation for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, namely: (1) Human Nature, Culture and Research Methods vs. Economics; (2) Human Evolution and Society; (3) Business and Finance; and (4) Statistics. The chapter highlights a methodology for identifying collocational patterns through multi-dimensional analysis, and contributes to a better understanding of academic writing in Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.
Published online: 20 February 2020
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