Discovering knowledge about synonyms from corpora

Daskalovska, Nina and Ivanovska, Biljana (2011) Discovering knowledge about synonyms from corpora. Productive language skills for academic purposes.

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Since the early 1990s there has been an increased interest in using corpora in language pedagogy. One of the areas where corpora can give valuable information is semantics. By studying selected concordance lines learners can find out the different meanings of semantically similar lexical items. This paper discusses the importance for learners to know the difference in meaning and use of semantically related words and describes possible activities that will enrich learners’ knowledge of the meaning of sets of synonyms, the registers in which they are used more frequently, the collocates of these words, and so on. Such activities will help learners realize that although some words have similar meaning they cannot always be used interchangeably. Key words: corpora, synonyms, collocations, concordance lines, authentic language samples.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Humanities > Languages and literature
Divisions: Faculty of Philology
Depositing User: Nina Daskalovska
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2012 12:27
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 08:16

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