Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0378-4169
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9927
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Complex collocations are a type of collocation whose syntactic structure is more complex than that of simple collocations. Thus, they are binary standardized or frequent phrases whose components show a lexical restriction relationship. The complex character of its structure means that one of its components, the collocative, is not a lexical unit, but rather a fixed phrase. Most of them are adverbial, either in the case of verbal predicates (llover a cántaros) or adjectival predicates (loco de atar), although they can also — in less frequent cases — be adjectival, as when combined with a noun (dinero en efectivo), or also nominal, in combination with a verb (hacer un corte de mangas).


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): collocation; fixed phrase; idiom; lexical restriction; phraseology
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