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date: 22 October 2019

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This article compares collocations in grammaticalisation and linguistic variation. It shows how patterns of distribution and co-occurrence can be used to demonstrate the variability and gradience of constituency using examples of grammaticalisation in Spanish and English. The article examines the role of collocations in contributing to apparent semantic effects in grammatical variation and discusses the two measures of collocation status: indices of unithood and relative frequency.

Keywords: collocations, grammaticalisation, linguistic variation, co-occurrence, Spanish, English, semantic effects, grammatical variation, unithood, relative frequency

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