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Corpus linguistic exploration of modern proverb use and proverb patterns

  • In my talk, I present an empirical approach to detecting and describing proverbs as frozen sentences with specific functions in current language use. We have developed this approach in the EU project ‘SprichWort’ (based on the German Reference Corpus). The first chapter illustrates selected aspects of our complex, iterative procedure to validate proverb candidates. Based on our corpus-driven lexpan methodology of slot analysis I then discuss semantic restrictions of proverb patterns. Furthermore, I show different degrees of proverb quality ranging from genuine proverbs to non-proverb realizations of the same abstract pattern. On the one hand, the corpus validation reveals that proverbs are definitely perceived and used as relatively fixed entities and often as sentences. On the other hand, proverbs are not only interpreted as an interesting unique phenomenon but also as part of the whole lexicon, embedded in networks of different lexical items.

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Author:Kathrin Steyer
Parent Title (English):EUROPHRAS 2017. Computational and corpus-based phraseology: Recent advances and interdisciplinary approaches. Proceedings of the Conference Volume II (short papers, posters and student workshop papers) November 13-14, 2017 London, UK
Publisher:Editions Tradulex
Place of publication:Geneva
Editor:Ruslan Mitkov
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2017
Date of Publication (online):2017/11/03
Tag:corpus driven approach; patterns; proverb
GND Keyword:Kollokation; Korpus <Linguistik>; Phraseologie; Sprichwort
First Page:45
Last Page:52
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG