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Identifi cation of Synonyms (CANCEL ABOLISH ELIMINATE) Based on the COCA Corpus

Yuting Huang


A corpus provides the most accurate and understandable results when comparing synonyms. English learners struggle with synonyms. Based on word frequencies, collocation, and semantic rhyme, a corpus can defi ne synonyms. Using COCA corpus data, this study compares decide with determine. This study off ers a new viewpoint on synonyms and references for vocabulary and second language development. This study uses word frequency, collocation, and semantic rhyme distributions to distinguish these two terms that are commonly used interchangeably. Data suggests that verb collocation and register distinguish the two synonyms. The research is one of numerous that shows how corpora may help diff erentiate synonyms. Comparing data and utilizing frequency as a statistic helps clarify the synonyms’ subtle diff erences. COCA is the world’s largest free online balanced English corpus. It helps linguists and language learners compare words, phrases, and sentence patterns and understand their frequency. The COCA corpus of Contemporary American English gathers data from spoken language, literature, newspapers, academic study, and other sources of reliable information. This article examines synonyms from three perspectives: domain, collocation, and meaning.


Domain; Synonyms; Corpus

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/ahe.v7i14.8699