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Title: English General Nouns
Subtitle: A corpus theoretical approach
Written By: Michaela Mahlberg
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 20

This book proposes an innovative approach to general nouns. General nouns
are defined as high-frequency nouns that are characterised by their textual
functions. Although the concept is motivated by Halliday & Hasan (1976),
the corpus theoretical approach adopted in the present study is
fundamentally different and set in a linguistic framework that prioritises
lexis. The study investigates 20 nouns that are very frequent in mainstream
English, as represented by the Bank of English Corpus. The corpus-driven
approach to the data involves a critical discussion of descriptive tools,
such as patterns, semantic prosodies, and primings of lexical items, and
the concept of 'local textual functions' is put forward to characterise the
functions of the nouns in texts. The study not only suggests a
characterisation of general nouns, but also stresses that functions of
lexical items and properties of texts are closely linked. This link
requires new ways of describing language.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ix
Introduction 1–3
1. The attention they have been getting 5–11
2. The corpus linguistic point of view 13–39
3. Minimal assumptions in practice: interpreting corpus data 41–61
4. Time nouns 63–98
5. People Nouns 99–139
6. World nouns 141–159
7. Re-examining the minimal assumptions 161–178
8. Developing the corpus linguistic theory 179–194
Appendix 1: Pattern codes 195
Appendix 2: 'Longer examples in Chapter 5' 196
References 197–203
Index 205–206

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027222916
ISBN-13: 9789027222916
Pages: x, 206
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