Lexical Collocations in a Sample Corpus of Tourism Research Articles (SCTRA)

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Kantapat Trinant
Wachiraporn Kijpoonphol


This corpus-based study was conducted in an attempt to facilitate the teaching and learning of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and benefit Thais who work in the field of tourism by exploring lexical collocations in Tourism Research Articles. A Sample Corpus of Tourism Research Articles (SCTRA), with a corpus size of over 1.5 million running words, was compiled from 240 research articles from six journals in the field of tourism and hospitality management. Nine hundred and thirty-two keywords were obtained under the set criteria using the AntConc version 3.5.8. The majority of the keywords were nouns (62.72%), followed by adjectives (18.37%), verbs (16.37%), and adverbs (2.53%) respectively. The keywords were then used as “nodes” to find their “collocates” which generated 2,989 pairs of lexical collocations with 16 combination types, where six combination types were in accordance with the set framework adapted from Benson, Benson and Ilson [1]. The majority of them were Noun + Noun (44.76%), Adjective + Noun (25.89%), and Noun + Verb (9.33%) respectively. The lists of the keywords and the collocations produced were also provided.


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Trinant, K. ., & Kijpoonphol, W. (2021). Lexical Collocations in a Sample Corpus of Tourism Research Articles (SCTRA). NKRAFA Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 9, 94–108. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/KANNICHA/article/view/249524
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