TAKEOVER

 

a) Keyness

 

The lemma ‘takeover’ was the four-hundred and tenth most significant key word in the BEC corpus.

 

N

Word

bec freq.

bec.lst %

bnc freq.

bnc.lst %

Keyness

P

410

TAKEOVER

62

-

17

-

64.7

0.000000

 

 

b) Semantic Prosody

 

A very small sample size makes any definitive statements unwise. However, it is possible to define the following small groups.

 

Left: Three groups identified.

 

semantic prosody

frequency/ 49& %

example

size/money

5 - 10.2%

a £2.6 billion takeover

who is being taken over/taking over

5- 10.2%

the Guinness takeover

nature of takeover

(3 negative, 1 positive, 3 neutral)

7- 14.28%

hostile takeover

attractive takeover

agreed takeover

 

Right: No clear groups but see colligation section below.

 

 

 

c) Three-word clusters

 

N

cluster

Freq.

1

in the takeover

3

2

takeover of distillers

3

 

 

d) Macro-generic distribution

 

 

 

 

 

e) Colligation

 

COBUILD Sense 1 (act of gaining control of a company)

100% of sample

Patterns: Count noun

the rival bidder in the takeover battle, takeover rumours

 

Other patterns:

 

i) takeover + by (shows who is doing the taking) / takeover + of (shows who is being taken over)

a threat of takeover by Seagram, Guinesses’ takeover of Distillers ...

7 instances - 14.28% of sample

 

f) Associates

 

The word ‘takeover’ was key in 3 files. There were no associates > =5.