Lexicogrammar and collocation: A systemic functional exploration

Martin Christian Matthias I Matthiessen

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In this paper I will explore the relationship between grammatical patterns and lexical collocations. By grammatical patterns I mean both grammatical types (paradigmatic patterns) and grammatical structures (syntagmatic patterns): I am interested both in what grammatical types engender collocational patterns and in what grammatical structural functions the lexical collocates serve. I will interpret collocation as a lexicogrammatical phenomenon - one that is at the same time both lexical and grammatical. I will also suggest that there is a cline between (i) collocations involving particular lexical items and (ii) more general constraints on the co-occurrence of lexicogrammatical types. In the course of the investigation I will suggest how collocational patterns might be explained by reference to semantic motifs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-383
Number of pages51
JournalRevista Signos
Issue number71
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Collocation
  • Concordance
  • Corpus
  • Degree
  • Semantic motif

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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