DISTRIBUTOR

 

 

a) Keyness

 

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

 

N

Word

bec freq.

bec.lst %

bnc freq.

bnc.lst %

Keyness

P

54

DISTRIBUTOR

218

0.02

16

-

363.5

0.000000

 

 

b) Semantic Prosody

 

Left:

 

In this small sample, only one main umbrella group could be discerned. This category refers to the type of distributor in question. This can relate to nationality, (e.g. French distributor), range (e.g. global distributor) or nature of a distributor agreement (e.g. sole/authorized distributor).

Other collocates found were major, new and main distributor, but there were not enough examples to constitute a discernible group.

 

semantic prosody

frequency/142 & %

example

Type of distributor

22 - 15.59%

local Angus distributor

an exclusive distributor

 

Right:

 

In this sample four small groups were identified. The rights and obligations of the distributor are noted by modality, e.g. may terminate / shall make his best efforts. In the last group, the preposition for functions to link the distributor to lexis that determines what is being distributed, where and over what period of time (see table below and the colligation section). 

 

semantic prosody

frequency/142 & %

example

legal agreements

9 - 6.33%

a full distributor agreement

distributor rights

7 - 4.92%

distributor is entitled to

distributor may terminate

distributor obligations

15 - 10.56%

The distributor shall  make his best efforts ...

what/where/time period

8 - 5.63%

distributor for the defective software

distributor for the period

 

In the third category, distributor obligations, and the fourth, what/where/time period, we see the crossover of semantic prosody and colligation.

 

c) Three-word clusters:

 

N

cluster

Freq.

1

the distributor shall

8

2

actually paid to

4

3

by the distributor

4

4

distributor in the

4

5

distributor or its

4

6

of this agreement

4

7

paid to distributor

4

8

to distributor for

4

 

 

d) Macro-generic distribution:

 

 

e) Colligation

 

COBUILD Sense 1 ( a company that supplies goods to shops or other businesses)

100% of sample

Patterns: Count noun (usually with supplementary information).

if you were approached by another distributor you could sell it to them

 

Other patterns:

 

i) Modality:

The rights and obligations of the distributor are noted by modality, e.g. may terminate / shall make his best efforts.

Once again, as with the word ‘supplier’ above, most of the instances come from a legal agreement. This again points to strong genre-specific collocational/colligational patterning, but makes any further generalisations inadvisable.

 

ii) distributor + for:

8 instances - 5.63% of sample

distributor for the defective software, distributor for S. Ireland, distributor for the period

 

 

f) Associates

 

The word ‘distributor’ was key in 4 files. No associates > =5 were found.