Quick cup of COCA – compound words

28 Apr

EFL Notes

A new quick cup of coca post, whayhay. Thanks to Mike Harrison (@harrisonmike) on Twitter who was asking about finding compound adjectives.

Here we can use wildcard asterix, with part of speech.

So say we were looking for adjectives starting with well, we could use [well-*].[j*] to give the following top ten results –

WELL-KNOWN, WELL-ESTABLISHED, WELL-MEANING, WELL-DEFINED, WELL-EDUCATED, WELL-TO-DO, WELL-TRAINED, WELL-DRESSED, WELL-DOCUMENTED, WELL-INTENTIONED
(click on words to see full search results)

To find all compound adjectives we would simply replace the first part of the compound with another wildcard asterix like so:

[*-*].[j*]

which gives us the following top 10 results:

LONG-TERM, SO-CALLED, AFRICAN-AMERICAN, FULL-TIME, SHORT-TERM, WELL-KNOWN, HIGH-TECH, OLD-FASHIONED, MIDDLE-CLASS, PART-TIME
(click on words to see full search results)

Similarly if you were looking for noun, adverb or verb compounds simply add the appropriate POS tag i.e. [n*], [r*] and [v*] respectively.

Note do double-check result in concordance lines…

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