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Conventional collocations

Collocations are words which are conventionally used together (e.g. collect data, change dramatically, highly significant, etc.).

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Violating conventions

Violating collocation conventions can result in errors (e.g. *depend of something) or awkward, non-idiomatic text (e.g. *a large mistake).

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This affects not only writing, but also reading, since texts with collocation problems are more difficult to process.

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The project aims to develop an intuitive writing assistant for users of academic English. Its specific focus is on helping writers with the collocations of academic English in real time. Although there are dictionaries and tools that help with collocation, writers are often unaware of them, or simply cannot be bothered to use them. But even if writers get used to consulting these resources, the fact that they have to interrupt their writing to look up a collocation can disrupt the flow of their words. Thus we propose to develop a tool for bringing help with collocation to the user rather than expecting the user to go and find it. Our research involves investigating user needs, lexicographic data, the visualisation of collocations and human-computer interaction issues.


Dr Ana Frankenberg-Garcia

Principal Invesitagator
Univesity of Surrey
Reader in Translation Studies at the University of Surrey. Her research focuses on applied uses of corpora in writing, lexicography and translation.

Prof. Jonathan C. Roberts

Bangor University
Leads the Visualization, Modelling and Graphics Group (VMG) at Bangor, and specialises is in Visual Analytics and HCI among others.

Prof. Robert Lew

Adam Mickiewicz University
Editor of the International Journal of Lexicography (Oxford University Press). He has also worked as a practical lexicographer for various publishers.

Geraint Paul Rees

University of Surrey
Research Fellow in Corpus-based Lexicography and Academic Writing at the University of Surrey, UK.

Nirwan Sharma

Bangor University
Research Officer in Human-Computer Interaction and Visualization at the School of Computer Science, Bangor University, U.K, and a PhD student in Computing Science.

is funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council for a period of 36 months. Keywords: Applied Linguistics, Computer Graphics & Visualisation, Corpus Linguistics, Human Communication in ICT, Language Acquisition. The AHRC’s Vision and Strategy and the AHRC Strategy 2013-2018 the Human World (PDF, 3.6MB)

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