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Corpus Linguistics and the Rediscovery of Anglo-Saxon Heathenism
Juan Gabriel Vázquez González
166-177 (complete paper or proceedings contents)

Abstract

One of the foundational premises in corpus linguistics is the belief that language use is a routine medium that more often than not finds it hard to separate the lexis of a particular language from its grammar. Individually, this routine is found in linguistic processes such as collocation or phraseology and is also manifest in the elaboration of text types taxonomies. This paper forms part of a research project whose aim is the discovery and reconstruction of a significant group of Anglo-Saxon heathen oral formulae. The combination of historical phraseology with cognitive and corpus linguistics methodology facilitates decoding some of these formulae. Likewise, the frequency rate analysis of the cotext they appear in shows that these formulae were gradually replaced by some other more neutral conceptualizations.

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Selected Proceedings of the 2005 Symposium on New Approaches in English Historical Lexis (HEL-LEX)
edited by R. W. McConchie, Olga Timofeeva, Heli Tissari, and Tanja Säily
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