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Abstract

This study builds on the notion of ‘clause collocation’ (Hunston 2002: 75) and examines the use of this kind of co-selection across a variety of corpora. Hunston (2002: 75) notes that collocating clauses may begin with words and/or phrases which are co-selected. In this study, these co-selections are termed ‘organisational frameworks’ (Warren 2009) based on the organisation elements described in linear unit grammar (Sinclair & Mauranen 2006: 71–78). This paper describes the methodology employed to search for co-selections of conjunctions, connectives, and discourse particles using the corpus linguistics software ConcGram (Greaves 2009). Corpora representing different registers are studied to determine the most frequent organisational frameworks in each. It is found that the forms, functions, and frequencies of these frameworks can vary across different modes, registers, and genres.

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