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Is the genitive increasing with inanimate nouns?: A study of the genitive in English and American newspaper text in present-day English
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay deals with the genitive in English and American newspaper text in present-day English. It investigates the possibility that the use of the genitive has been extended and that the genitive is increasingly used with inanimate nouns.

A search for the genitive with the program WordSmith Tools was carried out in order to calculate the frequency of the genitive. Furthermore, the nouns that were spotted with the genitive were categorized according to the meaning of the genitive noun in 14 different categories.

The primary material used for this essay consists of newspaper articles from The Times 1997 and The New York Times 1997 as well as The Times and The New York Times from the year of 2006. The searches in the newspaper texts included the apostrophe + s as well as s + apostrophe, in other words, both singular and plural nouns.

The study shows that the genitive seems to have extended its use and is now common with inanimate nouns in English and American newspaper text. The study also shows that the genitive seems to be on the increase in one of the categories that belong to inanimate nouns, namely abstract nouns.

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2007. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
the genitive, the s-genitive, synthetic language, analytic language., the inflected genitive, the of-construction, the periphrastic genitive, animate nouns, inanimate nouns, personal nouns, non-personal nouns, linguistic change
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7514OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-7514DiVA: diva2:198475
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2007-06-05
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humaniora/teologi
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