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Of-genitive versus s-genitive: A corpus-based analysis of possessive constructions in 20thcentury English


Röthlisberger, Melanie; Schneider, Gerold (2013). Of-genitive versus s-genitive: A corpus-based analysis of possessive constructions in 20thcentury English. In: Bennett, Paul; Durrell, Martin; Scheible, Silke; Whitt, Richard J. New Methods in Historical Corpora. Tübingen: Narr Verlag, 163-180.

Abstract

This paper examines genitive variation in English, using two methodological approaches. In the manual approach, we extract genitive variants from the parsed sub- corpora of the text category J (academic writing) in the B-Brown (1931), the Brown (1961) and the Frown (1991/2) corpora. Focussing on the syntactic parameter, we illustrate how the principle of end-weight gains ground from 1930 to 1990. The automatic approach implements the constraints of the manual approach, confirms the findings of the manual approach and is used to scale to British English. Methodologically, we show how to automatically sift out irrelevant corpus examples whose identification would normally need human intervention -- in particular, apparent examples of the two main genitive English constructions which are not in genuine alternation.

Abstract

This paper examines genitive variation in English, using two methodological approaches. In the manual approach, we extract genitive variants from the parsed sub- corpora of the text category J (academic writing) in the B-Brown (1931), the Brown (1961) and the Frown (1991/2) corpora. Focussing on the syntactic parameter, we illustrate how the principle of end-weight gains ground from 1930 to 1990. The automatic approach implements the constraints of the manual approach, confirms the findings of the manual approach and is used to scale to British English. Methodologically, we show how to automatically sift out irrelevant corpus examples whose identification would normally need human intervention -- in particular, apparent examples of the two main genitive English constructions which are not in genuine alternation.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
820 English & Old English literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:October 2013
Deposited On:08 Jan 2014 11:46
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 01:44
Publisher:Narr Verlag
ISBN:978-3-8233-6760-4
Related URLs:http://www.narr-shop.de/index.php/new-methods-in-historical-corpora.html
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