Saturday, November 26, 2011

Heavy and Light Verbs

I find that when I make a frequency-based collocation list, the items at the top are light  verbs and when I make an M.I. collocation list, the verbs at the top are heavy – that is, they are semantically rich. This is just a tendency of course. Look at these two lists of verbs which have advantage as their object.

If a collocate appears in the top of both MI and T-score lists it is clearly a humdinger of a collocate, rock-solid, typical, frequent, strongly associated with its node word, recurrent, reliable, etc etc etc. 
This is certainly the case in these examples of the noun advantage.
This is a quote from Jeremy Clear that you will find here.

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