undergraduate thesis
Number agreement with collective nouns as subjects

Vlatka Tolj (2015)
Sveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
Metadata
TitleNumber agreement with collective nouns as subjects
AuthorVlatka Tolj
Mentor(s)Gabrijela Buljan (thesis advisor)
Abstract
This paper has presented the results of our analysis of number agreement with collective noun subjects. Most of the differences in concord with collective nouns analyzed were very small, but some conclusions can be drawn. Generally speaking, there seems to be an obvious preference for singular verbal concord in the English language. It is also indicated that singular verbal concord is more popular in AmE than in BrE. Plural verb forms with collective nouns are more common in BrE. But the difference between the varieties is not that big. We can also see in this paper that there are no differences between spoken AmE and written AmE. Although we can draw some conclusions about number agreement with the collective nouns from this analysis, we do have to consider the fact that the corpora used here are still too limited to determine with a 100 percent certainty that our conclusions are right. Thankfully, our analysis does seem to agree with the studies cited and drawn on in the paper, so we can say that we are on the right track, but we obviously need more evidence, especially from larger and stylistically stratified corpora, as well as statistical verification of our results for a larger set of collective nouns to arrive at more robust conclusions.
Parallel title (Croatian)Sročnost po broju glagola i zbirnih imenica u funkciji subjekta
GranterSveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
PlaceOsijek
StateCroatia
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Philology
Anglistics
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. angl.
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeGerman Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. germ.
Genreundergraduate thesis
Language English
Defense date2015-09-16
Parallel keywords (Croatian)collective nouns number agreement concord singular plural BrE AmE
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
URN:NBNhttps://urn.nsk.hr/urn:nbn:hr:142:273945
CommitterBernardica Plašćak