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Introspection vs objective evidence: corpus data

We would now like you to compare your ‘introspective’ findings about the word ‘party’ with some corpus evidence.

Your task

Compare the facts about ‘party’, which you assembled through pure introspection, with what you can discover in the short concordance from a corpus. Now consider the following two questions below:

Definition of 'party'

Sketch Engine screenshot showing concordance of the word ‘party’. © Lexical Computing CZ s.r.o.

  • How do these two information sources compare?

  • Did the corpus data reveal (or remind you about) more meanings than you found in your own mental lexicon?

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Understanding English Dictionaries

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