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Collocation, semantic prosody and near synonymy: A cross-linguistic perspective.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>03/2006
<mark>Journal</mark>Applied Linguistics
Issue number1
Number of pages27
Pages (from-to)103-129
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper explores the collocational behaviour and semantic prosody of near synonyms from a cross-linguistic perspective. The importance of these concepts to language learning is well recognized. Yet while collocation and semantic prosody have recently attracted much interest from researchers studying the English language, there has been little work done on collocation and semantic prosody on languages other than English. Still less work has been undertaken contrasting the collocational behaviour and semantic prosody of near synonyms in different languages. In this paper, we undertake a cross-linguistic analysis of collocation, semantic prosody and near synonymy, drawing upon data from English and Chinese (pu3tong1hua4). The implications of the findings for language learning are also discussed.

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This article is in press. A PDF offprint will be provided when available. This version is the final manuscript. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Applied Linguistics following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Collocation, Semantic Prosody, and Near Synonymy: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective by Richard Xiao and Tony McEnery is available online at: http://applij.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/27/1/103