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Corpus-Based study: exploring the frequency of ‘Nouns’ used in poetry written by UiTM undergraduates


Ismail Shauki, Nur Baiti and Kaur, Manvender (2018) Corpus-Based study: exploring the frequency of ‘Nouns’ used in poetry written by UiTM undergraduates. INSANIAH: Online Journal of Language, Communication, and Humanities, 1 (1). pp. 31-43. ISSN 2637-0360


This study aims to investigate the frequency level of ‘nouns’ used in poems written by the undergraduates of Universiti Teknologi MARA Kampus Machang based on Paul Nation’s headword list. The importance of knowing the frequency will determine teacher’s priority in
teaching vocabulary. The effect of teacher’s implementation of standard nouns in classroom
should reflect in the target behavior of the learner as they utilize the word in writing and mostly in communicating. The methodology used in this mini-scaled investigation of the written communication is the Computer-Assisted Corpus Analysis (CACA). Ten poems written by ten undergraduate students were collected and analysed by Tagger C5 tagset to identify the ‘nouns’
and separate it from other content words. Subsequently, ‘nouns’ frequencies were calculated by using AntConc software in order to determine the type of noun that most frequently occurred in the student’s writing. The list of 107 words was then compared to Paul Nation’s English
Vocabulary Profile (EVP) program of academic vocabulary to determine the level of vocabulary that the students possessed. In the discussion section, the result of the frequency is analysed to determine whether the level is at par with the standard vocabulary knowledge or below. Although the concordance overall results show that ‘nouns’ was the most frequent used word in the poems.

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Item Type: Non-Indexed Article
Collection Type: Institution
Date: 2018
Journal or Publication Title: INSANIAH: Online Journal of Language, Communication, and Humanities
ISSN: 2637-0360
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tahap personaliti beragama; pengguna tandas masjid
Faculty/Centre/Office: Faculty of Language Studies and Human Development
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