Verb-Noun Collocations In Newspaper Editorials In Ghana: A Corpus-Based Analysis

  • Millicent Akosua Quarcoo University of Education, Winneba
  • Alhassan Hamidu St. Monica’s College of Education
  • Addae Aikins, University of Education, Winneba
Keywords: Verb-Noun collocations, newspaper editorials, predictive and open


This paper is a corpus enquiry aimed at profiling the most frequent verb-noun collocations in Ghanaian newspaper editorials published in the 2016/2017 news years. The study adopted a corpus -based analysis approach using the AntConc 3.4.4w corpus software. The sampling methods were both random and purposive. A total of 92,927 running words corpus comprising 92,927 tokens and 8,192 types were compiled from 220 editorials culled from Ghanaian Times and The Daily Graphic. The study revealed a total of sixty-seven (67) pre-established verb-noun collocations with two hundred and thirty-eight (238) instances of occurrence at sentential level from the concordance. The study showed that a collocate can occur at both the left and right side of a verb. Again, it found that though some verb-noun collocations deviated from the grammatical order of words in paradigm, natural collocations occurred more frequently. Also, it was established that both the predictive and open verb-noun collocations were predominantly used by editorial writers. Finally, both the predictive and open verb-noun collocations in the corpus formed patterns that confirmed the preexisting assumptions on collocation.

Author Biographies

Alhassan Hamidu, St. Monica’s College of Education

Department of English

Addae Aikins,, University of Education, Winneba

Department of Basic Education