Natalie Yu Tsz Sum (1155000186)
LING1003 Assignment 1
October 2, 2011.
(i) I tried query terms of “me”, “her”, but there were too many occurrences of these pronouns.
To get more accurate results, I learned to put <s> in front of our query words, and capitalize
the first letter in the target accusative pronouns, and switched the query mode into case-
sensitive. Then the outputs were more relevant and the accusative pronouns were in subject
Query term used is “<s>Me and”, with 160 hits returned in 112 different texts, occur
frequency is 1.63 instances per million words.
Example sentence “Me and Annie had a dog
once I think” – from the filename A74 1660, a written fiction book named Billy Bayswater
with adults as their targets audience.
Query term used is “<s>Her and”, with 21 hits returned in 21 different texts, occur frequency
is 0.21 instances per million words.
Example sentence “Her and her old man stays at home
and has a fortnight together.” - from the filename KBE 2242, a spoken dialogue
demographically sampled, with a semi-skilled or unskilled social class of respondent, titled
27 conversations recorded by `Betty' (PS04B) between 28 November and ?? December 1991
with 9 interlocutors, totalling 10543 s-units, 62321 words, and over 5 hours 40 minutes 22
seconds of recordings.
Query term used is “<s>Him and”, with 33 hits returned in 32 different texts, occur frequency
is 0.34 instances per million words.
Example sentence “Him and Gary went to that Market
over in Tucker.” – from the filename HUA 296, titled [Short stories]. Sample containing
about 12336 words of unpublished miscellanea, which is an unpublished written material.
Query term used is “<s>Them and”, with 1 hit returned in 1 text, occur frequency is 0.01
instances per million words.
Example sentence “Them and us” – from the filename CG#
1931, a written biography book named Facing Conflict with adults as their targets audience.
(ii) Query “<s>Me and” gets 71 hits from 57 different texts, 0.81 instances per million words
for written texts in BNCWeb (“Me and my Mum are fetching Dad from the airport.” (ACB
1577)), and 89 hits from 55 different texts, 8.55 instances per million words for spoken texts
(“Me and Andy looked all over, looked for both of you.” (KCE 3465))