Every method counts : combining corpus-based and experimental evidence in the study of synonymy

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Arppe , A & Järvikivi , J 2007 , ' Every method counts : combining corpus-based and experimental evidence in the study of synonymy ' , Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory , vol. 3 , no. 2 , pp. 131-159 . https://doi.org/10.1515/CLLT.2007.009

Title: Every method counts : combining corpus-based and experimental evidence in the study of synonymy
Author: Arppe, Antti; Järvikivi, Juhani
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Modern Languages 2010-2017
University of Helsinki, Speech Sciences
Date: 2007
Language: eng
Number of pages: 29
Belongs to series: Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory
ISSN: 1613-7027
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/24713
Abstract: In this study we explore the concurrent, combined use of three research methods, statistical corpus analysis and two psycholinguistic experiments (a forced-choice and an acceptability rating task), using verbal synonymy in Finnish as a case in point. In addition to supporting conclusions from earlier studies concerning the relationships between corpus-based and ex- perimental data (e. g., Featherston 2005), we show that each method adds to our understanding of the studied phenomenon, in a way which could not be achieved through any single method by itself. Most importantly, whereas relative rareness in a corpus is associated with dispreference in selection, such infrequency does not categorically always entail substantially lower acceptability. Furthermore, we show that forced-choice and acceptability rating tasks pertain to distinct linguistic processes, with category-wise in- commensurable scales of measurement, and should therefore be merged with caution, if at all.
Subject: 612 Languages and Literature
synonymia
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