4 Corpus Analysis - 111
111 4 Corpus Analysis This chapter will deal with the evolution and use of nominal premodifiers in Present Day English. For that purpose, several cor- pora of written and spoken English have been selected and analysed. I have opted for a corpus study because it represents the best way of analysing N+N sequences from different perspectives (text category, speech community, time period, and mode) as well as the best way of providing information which otherwise would not be available by means of intuition. Besides, as noted in Svartvik (1992: 8), the re- sults deriving from a corpus study are more objective. In this respect, Biber, Conrad and Reppen (2001: 4) offer a useful summary of the benefits derived from a corpus study: (i) It is empirical. (ii) It is based on a collection of natural texts. (iii) It relies on computers for the analysis. (iv) It depends on both quantitative and qualitative methods of ana- lysis. Firstly, Section 4.1 presents an explanation of the main hypothesis of this volume from the perspective of the four different variables cho- sen for the study: text category, speech community, time period, and mode. Section 4.2 gives an account of the corpora used and of the methodology employed for the extraction of data. Section 4.3 then provides an overview of the data itself, taken from the corpora of written and spoken English, from the perspective of the four vari- ables. Section 4.4 goes on to examine the process of lexicalisation. Finally, Section 4.5 is...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.