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Their only hope would be to find an explanation for the apparent conflict, and although that is a laudable aim, it is rarely resorted to because of the low prestige of empirical data in the last half-century‘s linguistics. In no way do I intend this argument to devalue the importance of intuition, as will become apparent in a little while. But I urge caution. When cheap pitch meters became available in phonetics, it was possible to discover exactly what the pitch contours of an utterance were. It was discovered that people believed things that were at variance with the facts.

To summarise this complex area, my reservations about annotation are quite specific, and concern only their inclusion in the resources around generic corpora. Because they impose one particular model of language on the corpus, they restrict the kind of research that can be done; because the practice of annotation normally requires human intervention, it is not a replicable process and therefore fails the first test of scientific method. Because the models imposed by current conventions of annotation are unlikely to be informed by corpus evidence, I believe researchers who use them are likely to make unnecessary problems for themselves.

Spatial indicators, such as back, side, surface, and floor, corner. Site attracts collocates to do with buildings. Outskirts, streets, banks are more specific spatial references. Isle and island are parts of place names. Some uses of edge, verge, brink are also spatial, but on the brink of and on the verge of are commonly used as complex prepositions introducing mainly dreadful things. 3. The “phoric” nouns subject, issue, question, whose referents are to be found in the surrounding cotext; in this phrasing probably just after the of.

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