DISCUSS

 

a) Keyness

 

The lemma ‘discuss’ was the two hundred and fiftieth most significant key word in the BEC Corpus.

 

N

Word

Freq.

bec.lst %

Freq.

bnc.lst %

Keyness

P

250

DISCUSS

280

0.03

202

0.01

113.6

0.000000

 

b) Semantic Prosody

 

Left: No groups detected.

 

Right: One group identified.

 

semantic prosody

frequency/ 127 & %

example

reference to more discussion

16 - 12.59%

discuss anything further

discuss the matter further

 

 

c) Three-word clusters

 

N

cluster

Freq.

1

to discuss the

13

2

wish to discuss

11

3

you wish to

8

4

to discuss it

7

5

to discuss any

6

6

to discuss your

6

7

if you wish

5

8

need to discuss

5

9

to discuss in

5

10

discuss anything further

4

11

to discuss anything

4

12

to discuss with

4

13

want to discuss

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

d) Macro-generic distribution

 

 

e) Colligation

 

COBUILD Sense 1 (to talk about something often to reach a decision)

92 instances - 72.44% of  sample

Patterns: Verb, verb-noun, verb-who-infinitive

you should discuss the matter with your manager...

 

COBUILD Sense 2 (write or talk about something in detail)

35 instances - 27.55% of sample

Patterns: Verb-noun

Here to discuss the question is Russell Smith, an attorney ...

 

Other patterns:

 

i) verb + to + discuss/verb + noun + to + discuss

59 instances - 46.45% of sample

we need to discuss, take direct contact with the branches to discuss

 

ii) noun + to + discuss

12 instances - 9.44% of sample

PGW to discuss with NBR asap

 

 

f) Associates

 

The word ‘discuss’ was key in 1 file. No associates of frequency > =5 were found.