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Tono Zemi

Presentation (July 10)

  • Analysis of the use of the verb "get" between JEFLL and BNC

I searched the collocation patterns of "get" with adjectives.

  • The collocation patterns of the verb "get" in JEFLL

In JEFLL corpus, one of the most frequent words which come with "get" were "many", "much", and "some".

  e.g.) In this way, he got many fellows.
         I got some money this year.

These adjectives have a function which explains the quantities of nouns fllowing the adjectives, so-called "demonstrative adjectives". In other words, they always need the nouns after these adjectives.

  • The collocation patterns of the verb "get" in BNC

In BNC, the frequent collocations patterns in 2-grams were fairly similar to those in JEFLL.

  e.g.) I shall have to get some water and clean it up.
         Nobody seems to be able to get any action at all.

However, when we search them in 3-grams, some interesting characteristics can be found. The way of using the verb "get" as three-words idioms or phrasal verbs are quite common in BNC, such as "get used to", "get involved in", or "get ready for".

 e.g.) It's just you get used to it don't you?
       I don't really want to get involved in anyone else's problems.
  • Comparison between JEFLL and BNC

By comparing the collocation patters between the verb "get" and adjectives, their usage were quite similar each other in some cases; both in JEFLL and BNC, the situation which they use "get" like "obtain" or "receive" in a meaning.

Yet, when the speakers/writers use "get" in idioms or phrasal verbs, it seems that they use the verb like a function of "be-verb". Although this usage is quite frequent both in 2-grams and 3-grams in BNC, surprisingly it is not such common in JEFFL corpus.

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