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      Anastasios Asimakopoulos
      Keymaster
          @anastasios

          Here, you can ask any technical questions you might have about the function we focussed on, Word Sketch. We can clarify things from the guides and/or the practical tasks e.g. if you got different results, couldn’t perform the search, need help to understand your word sketch, etc. We can also answer any questions that arose during any other searches you might have performed on your own for practice.

        • #51467
          Paula Acejo Cantero
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              @powla

              Hi there,

              For the exercice about finding 5 collocations for a word I chose “write” as verb with colligation “noun” and first collocates that came to mind where letter, novel, essay…and then music. When I checked on Flax (Wikipedia) I noticed that songs and music and script were top frequency, which I found interesting. Then, checking on Sketch Engine BAWE, I got different results, book comes as most frequent and then “programme” which had not crossed my mind, but it makes total sense. When using Sketch Engine and corpora BNC, programme is not as frequent.”history” did not come intuitively either, I wonder if native speakers would have thought about that collocation naturally?

              In conclusion, this comparative analysis with such a simple word showed me how KWIC and collocations are a reflection of main subjects contained in a particular corpora and the lack thereof, as well as the social tendencies / interests.

               

            • #51527
              Anastasios Asimakopoulos
              Keymaster
                  @anastasios

                  Thank you for sharing your quick examination of write @powla Yes, it all depends on the corpus we are examining. BNC1994 is a general corpus that includes various registers that represent British English i.e. academic prose (16.5%), fiction (16.6%), newspapers (9.6%), magazines (7.6%), e-language (0.2%), other (39.5%) and spoken (10%) (Brezina, Hawtin and McEnery, 2021, p.611). This is contrast to BAWE, which is a much smaller, specialised corpus representing academic writing in British universities. And more specifically, if we change the details of the concordance lines, we can see that the collocation comes from disciplines in the physical sciences such as engineering, cybernetics, phyiscs, etc. – see link. So, I guess how naturally a collocation might come to someone depends on how familiar they are with the register, discourse, topic, etc.

                  Brezina, V., Hawtin, A. and McEnery, T. (2021) ‘The Written British National Corpus 2014 – design and comparability’, Text & Talk, 41(5), pp. 595–615. doi:10.1515/text-2020-0052.

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