The lexicogrammar approach to analysing phraseology and collocation in ESP texts

Abstract : Phraseology and collocation are central phenomena in language. However, the usual way in which these notions are understood is often highly restricted (phraseology is often associated with ‘idiomatic expressions’, collocation is often seen as ‘a fixed sequence’). In this paper I recast these notions in terms of Halliday’s notion of lexicogrammar. My particular aim is to show how collocation and phraseology, from a lexicogrammar perspective, are relevant to English for Specific Purposes (ESP). I also set out here a method of textual analysis which exploits the phraseological behaviour of grammatical signs. Far from being ‘collocation free’, grammatical items can be shown to be stable elements in relatively predictable but also productive cascades of expression. I would argue that the identification of such extended lexicogrammatical patterns should be a key feature in the systematic analysis of ESP texts.
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Christopher Gledhill. The lexicogrammar approach to analysing phraseology and collocation in ESP texts. ASp (Anglais de Spécialité), 2011, 59, pp.05-23. ⟨hal-01220043⟩

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