Unfrozenness of collocations as a stylistic resource

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© 2013. Classiques Garnier, Paris. In this paper we suggest to apply the formalism of Lexical Functions to label a corpus of "unfrozen" collocations in poetry. We show that Lexical Functions allow to describe in a very precise way a wide variety of stylistic manipulations that poets use in their works. This labeling is much finer that the mere mention of some figures of speech and covers a significantly larger range of linguistic phenomena. This paper is organized in four sections. Section 1 deals with Adjectival & Adverbial Lexical Functions; section 2 studies Nominal Lexical Functions; section 3 considers Verbal Lexical Function and, finally, section 4 introduces Non Standard Lexical Functions. We advance the hypothesis that a large poetic corpus where the stylistic manipulation of collocations were systematically described in terms of Lexical Functions could be extremely interesting for both linguistic and literary studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-225
JournalCahiers de Lexicologie
Issue number102
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Collocation
  • Frozenness
  • Lexical function
  • Stylistics


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