THE FREQUENCY OF QUOTE AS A COMPLEMENT OF VERBA DICENDI
The study, based on the balanced part of the Cracow Corpus, examines collocation strength between verba dicendi and quote. Individual members of the semantic class of verba dicendi show a considerable difference according to the number of co-occurrences with and without a quote. Fager-McGowan coefficient was applied for computing the strength of the bond in question. Highest ratio of Fager-McGowan coefficient show neutral verbs as'mówic', (to speak), 'powiedziec' (to say), 'odpowiadac' (to answer), lowest denoting the manner of producing the voice as 'mamrotac' (to mumble), 'jeczec' (to groan). However a clear dependence between the meaning of a verb and the frequency of its co-occurrence with a quote cannot be tracked. Also the frequency of use of direct vs. indirect speech was investigated. Generally direct speech is much preferred, however some lexemes co-occur more frequently with indirect speech.
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