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Typical Phraseological Units in Poetic Texts

Michael Pace-Sigge (University of Eastern Finland)


This paper looks at a corpus of British and US poetry, focussing on the main themes surfacing and investigates the usages of sets of words that form multi-word-units of the linked-noun-group format. The occurrence patterns surfacing are compared with those found in 19th century prose literature.
Multi-word-units (MWUs) have been discussed extensively with reference to corpus-based research, for example by Sinclair (2004) Biber & Conrad (1999), or, referred to as formulaicity by Wray (2002); O’Keefe et al (2007), Greaves and Warren (2010) and Pace-Sigge (2015) describe MWUs preferred in different spoken and written genres. Biber et al. (2007) talk of coordinated binomial phrases (Noun and NOUN). They also state that “[m]ost binominal phrases occur too infrequently to be considered part of recurrent lexical bundles”. The Collins Cobuild English Grammar (which is based on a Pattern Grammar – led classification) refers to these as linked noun groups (LNG). Moon (1998) highlights that these linked nouns are typical of fixed expressions found in her contemporary English corpus.
So far, however, there has been very little research in how far MWUs appear in the sub-genre of imaginative writing, namely, poetry.
A commonly held view is that poetry by definition should not be yielding patterns- it subverts every pattern linguistically speaking that it can (cf. Thorne, 2006) . Every poet still has to strive for a level of convergence in order to fulfil a communicative need. This crucial point as described by Hutchings: “[a]rt is communicative. Although art emerges from an individual’s mind and senses, it is not merely subjective or expressive of one set of personal feelings. Were it to be so, it would remain comprehensible only to its creator”.
Through focus on the main themes, this research looks at usages found in poetic texts in-depth and compares LNGs found with their occurrence patterns in prose literature.


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Serie: CILC2021: Discurso, análisis literario y corpus / Discourse, literary analysis and corpora (+información)