English General Nouns

A corpus theoretical approach

| University of Liverpool
HardboundAvailable
ISBN 9789027222916 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
 
e-Book
ISBN 9789027293947 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
 
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.
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 20]  2005.  x, 206 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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
“EGN is a must for anyone who is interested in how general nouns in English are used and/or in linguistic theorising in the light of corpus data. At the descriptive level, Mahlberg has produced an extremely useful book on three particularly important sub-groups of general nouns, i.e. ‘time nouns’, ‘people nouns’ and ‘world nouns’, and she shows by way of exemplification how the corpus-driven approach can be applied to the quantitative and qualitative analysis of corpus data. At the theoretical and methodological level, EGN is both a reflection of and a contribution to general and fundamental points of discussion in corpus-linguistic research, including the status of frequency in corpus research, the understanding of text and context in corpus linguistics, the role of corpus findings in analyses of word classes as prototypical categories and the shared interest of corpus linguistics and cognitive linguistics. I hope to have shown that with regard to these four general issues, English general nouns are a very relevant and useful research area. Mahlberg’s book thus comes as a timely and welcome study and it is a good and valuable read.”
“Here is the first detailed empirical study of 'general nouns' in English. The book shows how to derive a fresh approach to a thorny problem using the new resources of large text corpora, and it is full of original observations and valuable insights into the workings of a central and difficult area of textual organisation.”
“English General Nouns is a far from simple book, that contains a great deal more than the description of 20 frequently-occurring words. Its sometimes almost cryptic style opens the door to a complexity of thought that demands, but repays, work from its reader. Its topic is no less than how we investigate language in use and the relation between such investigation and language theory.”
Cited by

Cited by other publications

No author info given
2014.  In Korean English [Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 62], Crossref logo
Adler, Silvia
2014. Évaluation, référence et noms généraux attitudinaux. Langue française 184:4  pp. 93 ff. Crossref logo
Altmeyer, Stefan & Constantin Klein
2016.  In Semantics and Psychology of Spirituality,  pp. 105 ff. Crossref logo
Altmeyer, Stefan, Constantin Klein, Barbara Keller, Christopher F. Silver, Ralph W. Hood & Heinz Streib
2015. Subjective definitions of spirituality and religion. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 20:4  pp. 526 ff. Crossref logo
Benitez-Castro, Miguel-Angel
2015. Coming to Grips with Shell-nounhood: A Critical Review of Insights into the Meaning, Function and Form of Shell-noun Phrases. Australian Journal of Linguistics 35:2  pp. 168 ff. Crossref logo
Bruti, Silvia
2020.  In The Palgrave Handbook of Audiovisual Translation and Media Accessibility,  pp. 381 ff. Crossref logo
Cusen, Gabriela
2019. Forme și funcții ale limbajului vag în rezumate ale unor articole publicate în reviste științifice. Diacronia :9 Crossref logo
Cusen, Gabriela
2019. Forms and functions of vague language in academic journal article abstracts. Diacronia :9 Crossref logo
Esimaje, Alexandra U. & Susan Hunston
2019.  In Corpus Linguistics and African Englishes [Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 88],  pp. 8 ff. Crossref logo
Fasciolo, Marco, F. Neveu, B. Harmegnies, L. Hriba & S. Prévost
2018. Les noms du fond, ou la fonction des noms dits « sommitaux ». SHS Web of Conferences 46  pp. 12008 ff. Crossref logo
Hasselgård, Hilde
2017.  In Cross-linguistic Correspondences [Studies in Language Companion Series, 191],  pp. 97 ff. Crossref logo
Huyghe, Richard & Marine Wauquier
2020. What’s in an agent?. Morphology 30:3  pp. 185 ff. Crossref logo
Johansson Falck, Marlene
2016. What trajectors reveal about TIME metaphors: Analysis of English and Swedish. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 21:1  pp. 28 ff. Crossref logo
Laviosa, Sara, Adriana Pagano, Hannu Kemppanen & Meng Ji
2017.  In Textual and Contextual Analysis in Empirical Translation Studies [New Frontiers in Translation Studies, ],  pp. 49 ff. Crossref logo
Liu, Donghong
2010.  In 2010 International Conference on Asian Language Processing,  pp. 227 ff. Crossref logo
Maekelberghe, Charlotte
2020. Vera Benninghoven. The functions of ‘general nouns’: Theory and corpus analysis . Functions of Language Crossref logo
Mahlberg, Michaela, Catherine Smith & Simon Preston
2015.  In Current Issues in Phraseology [Benjamins Current Topics, 74],  pp. 35 ff. Crossref logo
Mahlberg, Michaela & Peter Stockwell
2016.  In Scientific Approaches to Literature in Learning Environments [Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 24],  pp. 253 ff. Crossref logo
Mahlberg, Michaela, Peter Stockwell, Johan de Joode, Catherine Smith & Matthew Brook O'Donnell
2016. CLiC Dickens: novel uses of concordances for the integration of corpus stylistics and cognitive poetics. Corpora 11:3  pp. 433 ff. Crossref logo
Mahlberg, Michaela, Viola Wiegand, Peter Stockwell & Anthony Hennessey
2019. Speech-bundles in the 19th-century English novel. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 28:4  pp. 326 ff. Crossref logo
Martínez Caro, Elena
2014.  In Evaluation in Context [Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 242],  pp. 321 ff. Crossref logo
Mastropierro, Lorenzo & Michaela Mahlberg
2017. Key words and translated cohesion in Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness and one of its Italian translations. English Text Construction 10:1  pp. 78 ff. Crossref logo
Parvaresh, Vahid & Tahmineh Tayebi
2014. Vaguely Speaking in Persian. Discourse Processes 51:7  pp. 565 ff. Crossref logo
Pollach, Irene
2012. Taming Textual Data: The Contribution of Corpus Linguistics to Computer-Aided Text Analysis. Organizational Research Methods 15:2  pp. 263 ff. Crossref logo
Roque Amaral, Eduardo Tadeu
2017. ESTUDIO CONTRASTIVO DE NOMBRES GENERALES PARA HUMANOS EN ESPAÑOL Y EN PORTUGUÉS. Lingüística y Literatura 38:72  pp. 54 ff. Crossref logo
Schanding, Brian & Hye K. Pae
2018. Shell noun use in English argumentative essays by native speakers of Japanese, Turkish, and English. International Journal of Learner Corpus Research 4:1  pp. 54 ff. Crossref logo
Stockwell, Peter & Michaela Mahlberg
2015. Mind-modelling with corpus stylistics inDavid Copperfield. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 24:2  pp. 129 ff. Crossref logo
Stubbs, Michael
2009. Memorial Article: John Sinclair (1933–2007). Applied Linguistics 30:1  pp. 115 ff. Crossref logo
Čermáková, Anna
2015. Repetition in John Irving’s novelA Widow for One Year: A corpus stylistics approach to literary translation. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 20:3  pp. 355 ff. Crossref logo
Čermáková, Anna & Michaela Mahlberg
2018.  In The Corpus Linguistics Discourse [Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 87],  pp. 223 ff. Crossref logo

This list is based on CrossRef data as of 05 september 2020. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.

Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2005055890