Paul Baker, Jesse Egbert

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This chapter analyses the complex and multi-faceted linguistic processes which underlie the online communities of practice established around the Q+A sites is that of collocation networks. Collocation networks, a concept originally proposed by Phillips, are based on a very simple observation. Words in texts and discourse systematically co-occur to create a range of cross-associations that can be visualized as networks of nodes and collocates. The concept of collocation networks is best demonstrated with the following example, which is based on the Q+a corpus explored. The length of the arrows in the graph indicates the strength of the collocational relationship as measured by the selected association measure, in this case, the Mutual Information (MI) score; the arrow is inversely proportional to the strength of the collocation the shorter the arrow, the stronger the collocational relationship. A bidirectional arrow signifies a collocational relationship between two nodes that have been expanded for collocates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTriangulating Methodological Approaches in Corpus Linguistic Research
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781317532088
ISBN (Print)9781138850255
StatePublished - Jun 10 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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