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The BBI combinatory dictionary of english : a guide to word combinations / compil. Morton Benson, Evelyn Benson, Robert Ilson

Secondary Author Benson, Morton
Benson, Evelyn
Ilson, Robert
Country Holanda. Publication Amsterdam : John Benjamins, imp. 1993 Description Xl, 286 p. ; 22 cm ISBN 0-915027-81-X CDU 030.8:802.0 802.0:030.8
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This unique dictionary gives essential collocations of English in an easily accessible form. It shows which word combinations exist in English and which grammatical constructions are possible. Whenever possible, the collocations are listed under the noun, so that in order to find out, for instance, which verb goes with oath, one simply looks up oath and finds to administer an oath to smb; to swear, take an oath, etc. The BBI is an invaluable tool for tasks such as letter writing and translating and an ideal text for intermediate and advanced instruction in English. It gives 70,000 collocations and phrases under a total of 14,000 main entries, while every effort has been made to exclude superfluous constructions such as those predictable on the basis of the general rules of English syntax.

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A unique work that treats a basic characteristic of the language: what words combine in an essential and unique way with other words to make sense. It resembles the Oxford Dictionary of Current Idiomatic English (CH, Jul '76) or the Longman Dictionary of English Idioms (1979), but is more elemental, since word combinations are not really idiomatic. Like Oxford and Longman, Benson is of value to both the nonnative speaker and the serious student of the language. Benson's combinations are so extremely ordinary that the native speaker might barely recognize them as problematic. The introductory material is lengthy, detailed, and scholarly, but would puzzle most people just learning English. The book includes both grammatical collocations (related to Noam Chomsky's ``close constructions'') and lexical collocations. The former involve certain combinations with prepositions, infinitives, and clauses; the latter only with nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs. In Benson, the word ``case'' has 23 examples of combinations, each with several variations: ``to try a case,'' ``an airtight case.'' Oxford has a single idiomatic expression (``case the joint''-much too colorful to be included in Benson) with several examples and a full lexical meaning. Oxford gives meanings and illustrations; Benson is quite strictly a list, carefully constructed to convey significance. Oxford is first choice, Benson is useful as supplement. Upper-division and graduate students; non-native speakers.-J.B. Ladley, Bowdoin College

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