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Collocational patterning in cross-linguistic perspective: adpositions in English, Nepali, and Russian

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2009
<mark>Journal</mark>Arena Romanistica
Issue number4
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)138-149
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper presents a contrastive analysis of adpositions in English, Nepali and Russian corpora. Two sets of highly frequent adpositions, those with broadly locative and broadly ablative meaning, are contrasted. The ‘quantitative-distributional’ analysis is based on identifying patterns across the most statistically significant collocations of the words in question; it is undertaken using 1 million word comparable multi-genre corpora of each language. The results suggest that, while in all three languages the adpositions are characterised by two collocational patterns (one of subcategorisation and one of semantic congruence), the former pattern is substantially more prominent in English than either Russian or Nepali.