Current issues in phraseology

FSK502 Current issues in phraseology

Spring 2024

Autumn 2024
  • Topics

    In recent years phraseology has become established as a discipline in its own right and come to play an important role in applied sciences such as terminology and lexicography and related scholarly fields. Focusing on research at the crossroads of phraseology, terminology and lexicography, this 3-day PhD course aims to provide candidates with a broad understanding and in-depth knowledge of the theoretical fundament for, and the methodology associated with studies in phraseology in both general and specialised language.

    The course will contain a combination of keynote lectures and shorter presentations of research, as well as hands-on sessions where individual PhD proposals and draft papers/chapters are discussed.

    The course has three internationally acclaimed guest lecturers.

    Participants in the course should be prepared to read a course curriculum and submit in advance a project description/draft article/chapter of PhD thesis and have their work commented on by the experts.

  • Learning outcome


    Upon completion of the course, the student will have

    • in-depth knowledge of recent empirical research in the field of phraseology
    • knowledge of central notions in phraseology such as phraseme, idiomaticity, collocation/collostruction, statistical association measure, n-gram


    Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to

    • utilise advanced corpus/statistical approaches to language data
    • perform corpus-based extraction of multiword units and automatised routines for retrieving, analysing and annotating phrasemes
    • distinguish phraseological categories and assess their relevance for terminology/lexicography

    General competence

    Upon completion of the course, the student will have

    • ability to communicate the relevance of phraseology to its neighbouring fields such as terminology and general and specialised lexicography
    • understanding of how termbases can be augmented with information about phraseological units specific to the domain in question
    • ability to contribute to the application of phraseology in computational applications such as machine translation, computer-assisted learning, etc.

  • Teaching

    Lectures, hands-on work and mandatory assignment (student presentation and feedback session)

  • Required prerequisites

    Candidates should be familiar with linguistics/language studies at a high level (MA or equivalent).

  • Compulsory Activity

    Participation in lectures and completion of mandatory assignment.

  • Assessment

    Individual paper submission.

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    An electronic compendium of 8-12 articles/book chapters (TBA)

    Preliminary reading list:

    Fiedler, Sabine. 2017. Phraseological borrowing from English into German: Cultural and pragmatic implications. In Special Issue on Pragmatic Borrowing. Journal of Pragmatics, 113C.

    Granger, Sylviane (2009): Comment on: Learner Corpora: A Window onto the L2 Phrasicon. In: Andy Barfield & Henrik Gyllstad: Researching Collocations in Another Language. Multiple Interpretations. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 60-65.

    Granger, Sylviane & Magali Paquot. 2008. Disentangling the phraseological web. In: Granger, S. & F. Meunier. Phraseology: An interdisciplinary perspective. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 27-50.

    Gries, Stefan Th. 2008. Phraseology and linguistic theory: a brief survey. In: Granger, S. & F. Meunier. Phraseology: An interdisciplinary perspective. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 3-26.

    Hunston, Susan. 2009. Semantic prosody revisited. In Words, grammar, text - Revisiting the work of John Sinclair, edited by R. Moon. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

    Lyse, Gunn Inger, and Gisle Andersen. 2012. Collocations and statistical analysis of n-grams. In Exploring Newspaper Language - Using the web to create and investigate a large corpus of modern Norwegian, edited by G. Andersen. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

    Stefanowitsch, Anatol, Gries, Stefan Th, 2003. Collostructions: investing the interaction of words and constructions. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 8 (2), 209-243.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language


Course responsible

Gisle Andersen, Kristin Rygg, Beate Sandvei, Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication, NHH

Guest lecturers: Stefan Th. Gries (University of California, Santa Barbara); Marie-Claude L'Homme (Université de Montréal); Magali Paquot (Université catholique de Louvain)