The Use of Corpora in Bilingual Phraseography

By November 17, 2016,
Page 867-884
Author Dmitrij Dobrovol’skij
Title The Use of Corpora in Bilingual Phraseography
Abstract The present paper discusses issues in the compilation of bilingual dictionaries of idioms based on an analysis of corpus data. The advantages of using corpora consist not only in more detailed and well thought-out illustrations of the expressions being described, but also in the additional possibilities that the corpus materials provide for compiling the idiom list and structuring entries. Thus the corpus allows us to determine the degree of frequency of an expression (at least in the written language). The relevant principles are illustrated by data taken from a new German-Russian dictionary of idioms that is being constructed by an international team of linguists and lexicographers. Fragments of this dictionary are available on the website of the German Language Institute in Mannheim: “Deutsch-russische Idiome online“ . Relevant information is also made available via the Europhras homepage on the website . All examples of idiom usage in this dictionary are taken from the text corpora DeReKo and DWDS, and in individual cases from the German-language Internet. Parallel German-Russian texts from the Russian National Corpus (RNC) are also used.
Session Phraseology and Collocation
Keywords corpus, bilingual lexicography, phraseology, idiom, German, Russian
author={Dmitrij Dobrovol’skij},
title={The Use of Corpora in Bilingual Phraseography},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 16th EURALEX International Congress},
address={Bolzano, Italy},
editor={Abel, Andrea and Vettori, Chiara and Ralli, Natascia},
publisher={EURAC research},