Key Noun + Noun Collocations in the Language of Tourism: A Corpus-Based Study of English and Serbian

Authors

  • Dragana Vuković Vojnović University of Novi Sad

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.18.2.51-68

Keywords:

noun noun collocations, contrastive corpus analysis, custom-made corpora, corpus analysis tools, language of tourism

Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the main characteristics underlying noun + noun collocations in the English and Serbian language of tourism. Their morpho-syntactic, semantic and communicative features are contrasted and compared in the two languages. Firstly, we compiled two comparable corpora in English and Serbian from the tourism websites of Great Britain and Serbia. Based on their normalized frequencies per 10,000 words, key noun + noun collocations were extracted, using TermoStat Web 3.0 and AntConc. The results showed certain similarities in terms of the prevailing topics in the two corpora, based on the analysis of key noun + noun collocations. However, we found major differences in the two languages in terms of their morpho-syntactic features, communicative focus and the relationship of the collocates. The results of the study have implications for English for Tourism education, tourism discourse studies, language typology and lexicography.

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Kontiki Travel Agent: https://www.kontiki.rs.

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Tourism Organisation of Great Britain: https://www.visitbritain.com.

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Published

29.12.2021

How to Cite

Vuković Vojnović, D. (2021). Key Noun + Noun Collocations in the Language of Tourism: A Corpus-Based Study of English and Serbian. ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 18(2), 51–68. https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.18.2.51-68