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Exploring New High German texts for evidence of phrasemes

  • Most dictionaries containing phraseological information are restricted to a synchronic perspective. Diachronic information on structural, semantic, and pragmatic change over time has to be reconstructed by a time-consuming consultation of various dictionaries providing only punctual insights. In the OLdPhras, project we construct an online dictionary for diachronic phraseology in German from ca. 1650 to the present by combining dic- tionary exploration with corpus-based methods. This paper highlights some challenges we have met: How to select the interesting phrasemes, i.e., those that underwent some change? How to deal with historical cor- pora? How to include different kinds of phraseme variation? We present a semi-automatic corpus-based approach for the investigation of phraseme development. We argue for a combination of dictionary exploration and corpus-based methods to provide reliable and extensive information about the diachronic development of German phrasemes.

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Author:Cerstin MahlowGND, Britta Juska-Bacher
Parent Title (English):Journal for Language Technology and Computational Linguistics
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2011
Date of Publication (online):2015/05/13
GND Keyword:Computerunterstützte Lexikographie; Deutsch; Phraseologismus; Wörterbuch
First Page:117
Last Page:128
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 430 Deutsch
Open Access?:ja
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt