ENG4102 – Phraseology in English

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Course content

This course explores the phraseology of English. Phraseology can be defined as "the study of the structure, meaning and use of word combinations" (Cowie 1994). It embraces the view of language that lexis and grammar are inseparable. The field has boomed in recent years, chiefly due to advances in corpus linguistics methods for identifying phraseological patterns.

Learning outcome

Students will gain insight into:

  • theoretical aspects of phraseological research
  • the phraseology of English through case studies and practical work on corpora
  • the phraseological search engine PIE ("Phrases in English")

At the end of the course, students will be able to carry out their own phraseological investigation.


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The minimum number of attendants for the course is 3, the maximum 10


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course requires a minimum of 40 points in language topics.

The course presupposes some knowledge and skills in corpus linguistics (as acquired in e.g. ENG2152, ENG2153, ENG2162, ENG4106, ENG4108).


Seminar, two hours per week for ten weeks. Half-way through the semester there is a period of one (autumn term) or two (spring term) reading weeks without teaching, to be used for individual study and work on assignments.

Obligatory activities:

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


The obligatory requirements must be fulfilled in order to qualify for the exam.

The exam form is a term paper (approx. 10 standard pages). You must work on the term paper during the whole semester, with supervision from the teacher.

In the assessment both content and language will be considered, as well as the appropriate presentation of quotations, references and linguistic examples.

The submission of exam papers takes place on Inspera.

Previous exams and assessment guidelines

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Spring 2021

This course is taught irregularly


Spring 2021

Teaching language