DELIVERY

 

a) Keyness

 

The lemma ‘delivery’ was the fifty-fifth most significant key word in the BEC corpus.

 

N

Word

bec freq.

bec.lst %

bnc freq.

bnc.lst %

Keyness

P

55

DELIVERY

291

0.03

56

-

363.4

0.000000

 

b) Semantic Prosody

 

Left: Three small groups were identified.

 

semantic prosody

frequency/245 & %

example

time/timing of delivery

35 - 13.77%

after delivery

next-day delivery

shorter delivery time

products/services

(what is being delivered)

16 - 6.53%

cable delivery

parcel delivery

nature of delivery

6 - 2.4%

recorded delivery

special delivery

 

Right: One clear group identified.

 

semantic prosody

frequency/245 & %

example

time/timing

38 - 15.51%

delivery dates

delivery on the 29th

delivery schedule

 

 

c) Three-word clusters

 

N

cluster

Freq.

1

delivery of the

22

2

of the goods

22

3

at the time

7

4

the delivery of

7

5

time of delivery

7

6

fails to take

6

7

take delivery of

6

8

to take delivery

6

9

and delivery of

5

10

buyer wrongfully fails

4

11

generally # to

4

12

goods howsoever caused

4

13

the time of

4

14

the time stated

4

15

wrongfully fails to

4

d) Macro-generic distribution

 

 

 

e) Colligation

 

COBUILD Sense 1 (bringing of goods to a house/place)

201 instances - 82.04% of sample

Patterns: Variable noun

I’ll change that then on the delivery address

I would feel happier if the local port sales kept control of delivery

 

COBUILD Sense 2 (delivery of something - the goods that are delivered)

44 instances - 17.95% of sample

Patterns: Count noun

in the collection, conveyance and delivery of any such parcel whatsoever ...

 

Other patterns:

 

Prepositional collocation is used notably with this word in the following ways:

i) delivery + of  (shows what is to be delivered):

delivery of a new IT strategy, delivery of the goods, delivery of new services

delivery + of + what is to be delivered occurs 43 times (i.e. in 17.55% of the examples of ‘delivery’ from the sample).

 

ii) delivery + to  (shows where/to whom the goods are to be delivered):

delivery to Cork, delivery to destination

delivery + to + where/to whom the goods are to be delivered occurs 9 times ( i.e. in 3.67% of the examples of delivery from the sample).

iii) delivery + from - where goods have come from (only 3 occurrences).

 

iv) Several examples of noun phrases co-joined by the word and. These display a high degree of nominalisation:

10 instances -  4.08% of sample

delivery and payment terms, delivery and installation, packaging and delivery, conveyance and delivery

 

f) Associates

 

N

WORD

NO. OF FILES

AS %

1

DELIVERY

14

100.00

2

OR

7

50.00

3

SHALL

7

50.00

4

CONTRACT

6

42.86

5

OF

6

42.86

6

BY

6

42.86

7

PAYMENT

5

35.71

8

THE

5

35.71

9

ANY

5

35.71

10

BE

5

35.71

 

 

Comments

 

1. Unfortunately, this sample is somewhat skewed by use of the word ‘delivery’ in a business contract.

 

2. Useful for students - collocating verbs:

take delivery of, accept delivery, arrange delivery