Collocation*

The term “Collocation” was first introduced by Firth (1957) to define a combination of words associated with each other, to mean that the meaning and the function of a word could be determined by a habitual occurrence of the word with other words. This theory which is known as the ‘contextual theory of meaning’ claims that the meaning of a word, for example, dark can be determined by the neighbouring word light in the phrase dark light.

The term ‘collocation’ has its origin in the Latin verb ‘colloca Continue reading “Collocation*”

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