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AN ANALYSIS OF INHERENT AND NON INHERENT ADJECTIVE USAGE IN TIME MAGAZINE

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 Format: MS WORD ::   Chapters: 1-5 ::   Pages: 70 ::   Attributes: Questionnaire, Data Analysis,abstract, table of content, references ::   208 people found this useful

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CHAPTER ONE

  1. INTRODUCTION

1.1   BACKGROUND OF STUDY

Although many works have been written about adjectives (Quirk et al, 2005, Bhat, 2004; Moskowich, 2002; Crystal, 2006), no work has so far addressed the use of attributive adjectives in scientific writing from the same approach I have applied. Adjectives have been defined as words used to characterise other words, denoting properties or qualities of such words (Crystal, 2006; Dryer, 2007).

Syntactically speaking, attributive adjectives are the ones which premodify the head of a noun phrase (Aarts and Aarts, 2002; Quirk, 2005; Greenbaum, 2006; Biber, 2009). From a semantic perspective, they restrict the reference of the noun (Quirk, 2005) and according to Bolinger (2007) and Bhat (2004), attributive adjectives tend to denote fairly permanent properties. For Rind and Tillinghast (2008: 83) “what makes an adjective attributive is the fact that it cannot be used to make a logically complete predication unless it modifies some substantive expression”.

Moreover, Borer and Roy (2010) believe that the majority of the adjectival expressions in nominal contexts are attributive adjectives. Scientific English is generally credited to be devoid of ornaments and, therefore, probably not to use many adjectives in their attributive position. When found, these would rather be placed in a predicative position as they serve the purpose of describing objects or processes.

It is precisely the aim of this work to study the use of the attributive adjective in scientific English to see up to what an extent the premise of simplicity and plainness claimed by Bacon and Boyle is fulfilled in the late Modern period. In order to do so, texts from two scientific disciplines in The Coruña Corpus: of English Scientific Writing (1700-1900), will be analysed. These texts have been grouped into two subcorpora: CELiST (Corpus of English Life Sciences Texts) and CHET (Corpus of History English Texts).

The disciplines represented in each of these subcorpora belong to different Fields of Science and Technology (UNESCO, 2008), that is to say, Life Sciences belongs to the field of Natural Sciences and History to the field of Humanities The period under study coincides with the development and reinforcement of both disciplines as well as the emergence and consolidation of schools and academies of science. On the one hand, Life Sciences renewed its approach to a scientific understanding of living things with the development of physical science. On the other, History was much in demand during the eighteenth century and historiography as a whole took on its modern form along the nineteenth century.

1.2   STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

        Adjectives are subject complement not only to noun phrases, but also to clauses” which probably include finite or non-finite clauses. Adjectives can be an object complement to clauses which mostly functions to express “the result of the process denoted by the verb…by using the verb be”. Adjectives sometimes can also be postpositive. Most at times the problem lies when there is a mix up on the part of the user, this happens when the magazine producer or the journalist mistake a particular kind of adjective for another forgetting that they may mean same thing that fits into a different situation and when this is done it tends to bring misunderstanding to the readers of such magazine. Finally, several researches has been carried out on adjectives and their difficulty derived in English and other languages but not even a single research has been carried out on the analysis of inherent and no inherent adjective usage in time magazine.   

1.3   AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF STUDY

        The main aim of the study is to analyse the inherent and non- inherent adjectival usage in time magazine. Other specific objectives of the study include;

  1. to determine the difference between inherent adjectival usage and non-inherent adjectival usage in time magazine.
  2. to determine the problems associated with the usage of inherent and non-inherent adjective in time magazine.
  3. to assess the effect of inherent and non-inherent adjectival usage in time magazine.
  4. to proffer possible solutions to the problems.

1.4   RESEARCH QUESTIONS               

  1. What is the difference between inherent adjectival usage and non-inherent adjectival usage in time magazine?
  2. What are the problems associated with the usage of inherent and non-inherent adjective in time magazine?
  3. What is the effect of inherent and non-inherent adjectival usage in time magazine?

    4.     What are the possible solutions to the problems?

1.6   SIGNIFICANCE OF STUDY

        The study on the analysis of inherent and non inherent adjective usage in time magazine will be of immense benefit in the sense that it would educate people especially does in the mass media to make proper use of adjective. This would bring about training personnel staff in charge of magazine production. Finally, the study will contribute to the body of existing literature and knowledge to this field of study and basis for further research.

1.7   SCOPE OF STUDY

        The study in the analysis of inherent and non inherent adjectival usage is limited to time magazine.

1.8   LIMITATION OF STUDY

Financial constraint- Insufficient fund tends to impede the efficiency of the researcher in sourcing for the relevant materials, literature or information and in the process of data collection (internet).

Time constraint- The researcher will simultaneously engage in this study with other academic work. This consequently will cut down on the time devoted for the research work.

1.9   DEFINITION OF TERMS

Analysis: Detailed examination of the elements or structure of something.

Inherent: Existing in something as a permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute.

Non-Inherent: Existing in something as not permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute.

Adjective:                Relating to or functioning as an adjective.

Usage:      The action of using something or the fact of being used.

 


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