Michael Klotz - englische Sprachwissenschaf (
Wed, 12 Mar 1997 08:10:06 +0001

Dear List Members,

I am currently working on the question of whether there is a
correlation between certain grammatical choices concerning English
verbs and the lexical environment they are in. Let me briefly
illustrate this: it can be shown from corpus data that the verb
'bring' in collocation with the noun 'charges' as object occurs in
the passive far more often than it does on average without looking
at any particular collocation.

In order to show correlations of this type on a statistically sound
basis I thought that the chi-square test might be appropriate. I
would be grateful for any hints as to the appropriateness of this
test for my purposes. Any information about literature describing
the use of the chi-square test in connection with lexical
distributions would be most welcome, as well.

Michael Klotz (
Institut f. Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Lehrstuhl f. engl. Sprachwissenschaft
Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg
Bismarckstr. 1
91054 Erlangen
Tel: 09131-852938