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Bill Louw louwfirth at yahoo.com
Sun May 30 00:36:45 CEST 2010


Hello all. The line of best fit for unpacking this has nothing to do with grammar or syntax. It is proximity and context of situation. Angus comes closest in my opinion. Firth would have said: ‘one meaning of ‘behind’ is its collocability with shit, bullshit, happen, shooting etc’.The semantic prosody provides the context of situation and the concomitant levels of emotion. Collocation is as Firth says ‘abstracted at the level of syntax’ and has nothing to do with concepts. Angus has collected all of the relevant lines. SP does the rest. Drop the grammar and find the (A) relevant persons personalities (B) relevant objects e.g. guns and (C) the results of the verbal action and other action if you like … prison. All done in 1957 and automated by the corpus. Bill

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