Fundamental collocations: suggestions for learning lexis
2015, Vol.XX-1, pp. 81-96
Following the pioneering work of Gougenheim and his team in the 1950s, pedagogical frequency lists have received much attention in France and elsewhere. However, research has mainly focused on single lexical items, whereas the role played by high-frequency phraseological units, i.e. units functioning as independent lexico-grammatical chunks, has been neglected. In this paper we describe the relationship between frequency and native speakers’ judgements in order to determine the basic character of phraseological units; additionally, we show that individual judgements seem to be affected by the degree of fixedness between the components of such units. In the last section we discuss some pedagogical implications derived from a corpus-based study in the domain of ‘social events’.