On the Content of Prepositions in Prepositional Collocations


  • Eva Sicherl University of Ljubljana




prepositions, prepositional collocations


The article aims to shed some light on the problems faced by non-native speakers in the formation of so-called prepositional collocations (i.e. typical, recurrent combinations of verbal, nominal or adjectival bases with prepositional collocators). The reasons for frequent mistakes mainly lie in the meaning of the preposition used as part of collocation, which tends to be even more dispersed, abstract and difficult to define than that of the preposition used in a free combination. However, the preposition when used as a collocator seems to act, at least to some extent, as a carrier of some content; this can be proven by valency patterns: meaning-related content words (collocational bases) tend to regularly combine with identical prepositions. The fact that prepositions used in collocations also have their semantic part to contribute to the whole unit should also be considered in the classification of collocations into grammatical and lexical ones.


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31. 12. 2004

How to Cite

Sicherl, E. (2004). On the Content of Prepositions in Prepositional Collocations. ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 1(1-2), 37-46. https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.1.1-2.37-46