A Corpus-Based Study on Collocation of Technical Words in EST

Jiejing WEI


This paper adopts the corpus linguistic approach in the morphologically-based study of technical words of collocations in the EST. In this research, the writer extracts all the collocates of two pairs of technical words with reference to their base forms and inflectional plural forms; calculate their MI values; analyze their collocations behaviors and then conduct cluster analyses of all the collocates. The results show that each pair of the node words does not invite quite a number of the same collocates both in form and in meaning and the shared collocates are still identified as different cluster members based on their proximity, which shows heterogeneity of language and gets implications for EST teaching and lexicography.


Corpus; Technical words; EST; Collocation; Heterogeneity

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/9031


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