ONE OF THE

 

a) Frequency

 

‘One of the’ was the second most frequent three-word cluster in the BEC and the third most frequent in the BNC.

 

 

N in BEC

Word

bec freq.

bec.lst %

N in BNC

bnc freq.

bnc.lst %

2

ONE OF THE

329

0.03

3

647

0.03

 

 

b) Semantic Prosody

 

Left: No groups identified but see the colligation section below.

 

 

Right: Three groups identified.

 

semantic prosody

frequency/ 329  & %

example

positive

42 - 12.76%

one of the best things about your loan is ...

one of the fairytale successes of Italian ...

one of the most highly regarded institutions

negative

21 - 6.38%

one of the biggest difficulties

one of the hardest things

one of the worst death rates

 

cardinal/ordinal numbers:

 

 

 

25 - 7.59%

one of the first Business Links

one of the two pending mergers

 

c) Clusters

 

6-word:

 

N

cluster

Freq.

1

one of the things that i

4

2

and one of the following languages

3

3

English and one of the following

3

4

fluent in English and one of

3

5

in English and one of the

3

6

is one of the most important

3

7

one of the things that's driving

3

8

one of the two largest suppliers

3

 

5-word:

 

N

cluster

Freq.

1

one of the things that

11

2

is one of the most

6

3

one of the things we

5

4

i think one of the

4

5

is one of the things

4

6

is one of the world's

4

7

of the things that i

4

8

one of the most important

4

9

one of the things i

4

10

one of the world's most

4

 

4-word:

 

N

cluster

Freq.

1

is one of the

39

2

one of the things

30

3

one of the most

26

4

and one of the

17

5

one of the world's

15

6

one of the biggest

14

7

one of the first

14

8

one of the largest

12

9

of the things that

11

10

one of the reasons

10

11

one of the two

10

12

as one of the

9

13

in one of the

9

14

that's one of the

9

15

one of the big

8

16

was one of the

8

17

it's one of the

7

18

one of the best

7

19

one of the key

7

20

one of the few

6

21

one of the problems

6

22

be one of the

5

23

of one of the

5

24

of the things we

5

25

one of the following

5

26

one of the major

5

27

are one of the

4

28

become one of the

4

29

from one of the

4

30

i think one of

4

31

into one of the

4

32

of the most important

4

33

of the things i

4

34

of the world's most

4

35

one of the other

4

36

one of the questions

4

37

one of the top

4

38

that one of the

4

39

the things that i

4

40

think one of the

4

 

d) Macro-generic distribution

 

 

e) Colligation

 

i) one of the + superlative:

79 instances - 24.01% of sample

one of the biggest businesses in South Korea, one of the best things about your loan, one of the most powerful airlines

 

 

 

ii) one of the + cardinal/ordinal numbers:

25 instances - 7.59% of sample

one of the first Business Links, one of the two pending mergers

 

 

iv) one of the + things (+ that) (personal pronoun):

30 instances - 9.11% of sample

 

 

f) Associates

 

No associates found.