A CORPUS-BASED STUDY OF LEXICAL COLLOCATIONS OF KEYWORDS FOUND IN ONLINE BUSINESS NEWS ARTICLES

Krittat Sukman, Wanpiya Triwatwaranon, Tiwphai Munkongdee, Narawan Chumnumnawin

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Business news articles are crucial for Business English students since they provide a rich source for learning vocabulary in their field of study and professional communication. This study investigates lexico-grammatical items specific to a specialised corpus of online business news reports. Its overall aim is twofold: 1) to generate a keywords list extracted from the self-built corpus; and 2) to identify lexical collocations of the first ten keywords. Seven hundred online business news articles from BBC news.com were compiled to build a corpus of business news. The data were analysed by the application of Antconc 3.5.9 developed by Anthony (2020). The results derived from the present study through a corpus-based analysis uncovered a list of keywords which were frequently used in online business news where the majority of the keywords were nouns (63.51%), verbs/nouns (8%), adjectives (7%), adjectives/nouns (4%), adverbs (2%), and verb (1%). From the selected top one hundred keywords, the lexical collocations of each keyword were identified with 3 combination types based on the set framework adapted from Benson et al.’s (2010). The obtained combination types include Adjective+Noun (40%), Noun+Noun (35%), and Noun+Verb (20%), respectively. The pedagogical implications and recommendations for future research were also discussed.

 

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collocations, keyword lists, business news, corpus analysis

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.46827/ejel.v7i3.4275

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