Header

UZH-Logo

Maintenance Infos

Pluralized non-count nouns across Englishes: a corpus-linguistic approach to dialect typology


Schneider, Gerold; Hundt, Marianne; Schreier, Daniel (2020). Pluralized non-count nouns across Englishes: a corpus-linguistic approach to dialect typology. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 16(3):515-546.

Abstract

This corpus-based study of pluralized non-count nouns (informations, advices, etc.) uses collocation-derived measures (determiners vs. bare noun and mass quantifiers) to extract potential candidates of non-count nouns in a bottom-up approach from the British National Corpus (BNC), allowing the detection of grammatical categories from distributional features. We then use this token list to retrieve data on pluralization of non-counts from nine annotated components of the International Corpus of English (ICE). While the distinction between count and non-count nouns is gradient rather than categorical, it is still possible to distinguish between standard and non-standard pluralization of non-counts. Qualitative analyses of our data show that non-standard pluralization of non-count nouns is regularly attested in second-language varieties, including previously unrecorded types; however, it is also occasionally found in first-language varieties. We discuss implications of our corpus results for common explanations of pluralized non-count nouns, such as substrate influence, language learning effects and historical input. By combining a bottom-up corpus-based approach with fine-grained qualitative analyses we can provide a more nuanced view of pluralization of non-counts across ENL and ESL for the investigation of World Englishes.

Abstract

This corpus-based study of pluralized non-count nouns (informations, advices, etc.) uses collocation-derived measures (determiners vs. bare noun and mass quantifiers) to extract potential candidates of non-count nouns in a bottom-up approach from the British National Corpus (BNC), allowing the detection of grammatical categories from distributional features. We then use this token list to retrieve data on pluralization of non-counts from nine annotated components of the International Corpus of English (ICE). While the distinction between count and non-count nouns is gradient rather than categorical, it is still possible to distinguish between standard and non-standard pluralization of non-counts. Qualitative analyses of our data show that non-standard pluralization of non-count nouns is regularly attested in second-language varieties, including previously unrecorded types; however, it is also occasionally found in first-language varieties. We discuss implications of our corpus results for common explanations of pluralized non-count nouns, such as substrate influence, language learning effects and historical input. By combining a bottom-up corpus-based approach with fine-grained qualitative analyses we can provide a more nuanced view of pluralization of non-counts across ENL and ESL for the investigation of World Englishes.

Statistics

Citations

Dimensions.ai Metrics

Altmetrics

Downloads

57 downloads since deposited on 13 Jan 2020
43 downloads since 12 months
Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords:pluralization, non-count nouns, World Englishes (WE), corpus-based approach, distributional grammar
Language:English
Date:1 December 2020
Deposited On:13 Jan 2020 10:50
Last Modified:15 Feb 2021 02:01
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:1613-7027
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/cllt-2018-0068

Download

Green Open Access

Download PDF  'Pluralized non-count nouns across Englishes: a corpus-linguistic approach to dialect typology'.
Preview
Content: Published Version
Language: English
Filetype: PDF (http://www.degruyter.com/dg/page/576/repository-policy?)
Size: 2MB
View at publisher
Publisher License