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Title: Some contextual considerations in the use of synonymous verbs: The case of steal, rob, and burglarize
Authors: Saeed, Aziz Thabit
Fareh, Shehdeh
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Adam Mickiewicz University
Citation: Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, vol. 42 (2006), pp. 323-336
Abstract: This paper explores the use of the synonymous verbs burglarize, rob and steal in various authentic contexts in an attempt to identify the semantic and syntactic constraints that differentiate them from one another. The study, drawing data from newspaper articles, books, spontaneous speech as well as the BNC and concordance systems, shows that each of these words possesses semantic and syntactic features that distinguish it form the other two. The study also shows how contextual factors determine the choice of one verb rather than the other. After presenting many illustrative examples that reveal the peculiar nature of each verb, the paper attempts a componential analysis of these three synonymous items that further illustrates the uniqueness of each one of them.
ISSN: 0081-6272
Appears in Collections:Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 2006 vol. 42

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