Ling 131: Language & Style
Topic 2 (session A) - Being creative with words and phrases > Manipulating word classes
|(Semi) Automatic poetry|
|Introducing word classes|
|More on word classes|
|Manipulating word classes|
|Changing word class - affixation|
|Changing word class - functional conversion|
|New words for old|
|Word class problems|
|Word class checklist|
Manipulating word classes
This section looks at how the choice of particular word classes can affect style and/or meaning.
Unusual densities or patterns of particular word classes can have effects on style and meaning. Ellegard (1978) has published a set of average frequencies for written English based on the Brown corpus of American English. In the following sections we refer to his average frequencies for nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs for comparative purposes.