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Collective nouns in English used in Sweden: A corpus-based study on number concord with collective nouns
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis is to investigate how Swedes writing in English construct number

concord with collective nouns. This was done by studying three primary corpora: the Swedish

English Newspaper Corpus (SWENC) and the press sections of Frown (American English)

and F-LOB (British English). The findings were compared with the results in the Blogs in

English by Swedes Corpus (BESC), Frown (American English) and F-LOB (British English).

The SWENC contains texts from three online newspapers and one corporate newsletter in

English, all of which are written by Swedes. The BESC contains texts from Swedes blogging

in English. Frown and F-LOB contain texts from fifteen text genres in the 1990s. The results

in the SWENC are discussed and compared with the press sections of F-LOB and Frown. The

results are also compared with the BESC, Frown and F-LOB in order to see whether there is

regional and stylistic variation. The results show that Swedes prefer singular verbal concord

with collective nouns even though plural forms occur which seem to be closer to F-LOB Press

(BrE) than Frown Press (AmE). In contrast, the SWENC differs from the press sections of

Frown and F-LOB in constructing pronominal number. This difference could be influenced

by Swedish usage which allows both singular and plural pronominal number with collective

nouns. The study also shows that plural forms of political parties that seem to constitute

collective units show variation in Sweden whereas such nouns take only plural concord in

both American and British English.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
agreement, American English, British English, collective nouns, concord, corpus, news genre, plurality, singularity, Sweden
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-32093OAI: diva2:693954
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Educational program
Language, Culture and Communication Programme, 180 credits
2014-01-14, 14:05 (English)
Available from: 2014-02-06 Created: 2014-02-05 Last updated: 2014-02-06Bibliographically approved

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