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The inflected genitive and the of-construction: A comparative corpus study of written East African, Indian, American and British English
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Humanities.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This quantitative corpus study discusses and compares the distribution of the inflected genitive (’s- or zero-genitive) with that of the of-construction in East African, Indian, American and British English using data collected from the ICE-EA, ICE-IND, Frown and FLOB corpora. This study also discusses the semantic categories of the inflected genitive in the varieties mentioned.

The first conclusion of the study is that the distribution of tokens according to semantic categories is similar in all varieties examined. Furthermore, it is concluded for the modifier classes that animateness-biased classes are more common with the inflected genitive, while inanimateness-biased classes are more common with the of-construction; this distribution is similar in all varieties.

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2007. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
corpus study, 's-genitive, Indian English, British English, American English, inflected genitive, of-construction, semantics, ICE-EA, ICE-IND, Frown, FLOB, East African English
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Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-1372OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-1372DiVA: diva2:205180
Available from: 2007-06-19 Created: 2007-06-19 Last updated: 2010-03-10Bibliographically approved

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