Chapter 11. Geographic variation of quite: Distinctive collexeme analysis

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This chapter introduces distinctive collexeme analysis, which employs bidirectional association measures discussed in the previous chapter. This method is based on the co-occurrence frequencies of words that occur in two near-synonymous constructions, or in two or more dialectal or diachronic variants of the same construction. Here we will compare the variants of <i>quite &#43; </i>ADJ constructions in different national varieties of English. We will first present a canonical distinctive collexeme analysis with only two varieties, British and American English, and then will show how this approach can be extended to more lects, presenting a unified approach to multiple distinctive collexeme analysis.


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