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Adjectives describing attitudes to possession: Generous and Greedy
2006 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose for this essay was to find out what differences there are between the adjectives generous and greedy regarding usage frequency and in what contexts they are used. My research for this paper is based on a computer search program called MP2.2 which was applied to the A files of the British National Corpus. After analysing and comparing the two adjectives, the following conclusion was drawn: Generous was five times as often used compared to greedy, and a possibility why this is so may be that people prefer to use more positively loaded words. The fact that generous had a better result than greedy, may be a reason why this adjective was used in so many more metaphorical expressions than greedy, because if people often use a word, sooner or later they will come up with new areas of usage. In the metaphorical expressions generous often signified quantity, whereas greedy was extended to the meaning of “taking something more figuratively”.

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Keyword [en]
Humanities Theology, English, linguistics, metaphor, generous, greedy
Keyword [sv]
Humaniora, Teologi
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-57423ISRN: LTU-DUPP--06/112--SELocal ID: e17725da-89ad-4bb8-96b8-17e493b92ab5OAI: diva2:1030810
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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