Andreea Rosca e Yvonne Baker de Altamirano, 2016: "Tracking down phrasal verbs:
the case of up and down",
Onomázein 34, 296-321.
Since the frequency of phrasal verbs is register-specific, it is essential for L2 learners to
be exposed to the most productive phrasal verbs in their field of study. Thus, English for
Police learners should become familiar and practise the most recurrent phrasal verbs in
the context of crime and police investigative work. In this study we determine the
frequency and meaning extensions of phrasal verbs with the particles up and down in a
spoken corpus of English for the Police on the basis of which we also generate teaching
materials for L2 trainee police officers. This research extends McCarthy and O’Dell’s
(2004) scope of analysis by encompassing not only phrasal verbs related to criminal
behavior but also to the procedures followed by the police in the investigation of a crime.