Noun+Noun Constructions in Written Romanian: What Do 'escrocii internet', 'Tribunalul Timiş' and 'preşedintele SIF' Have in Common?

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Luminița Irinel Trașcă


In this paper I present corpus-based results that attest a recent syntactic change in written Romanian styles. Statistical analyses of various patterns of noun + noun constructions that were automatically extracted from the “Evenimentul” corpus (ca. 37 million words, time span: 1999-2003) demonstrate a trend towards linguistic economization in the noun phrase, manifested as a simplification of syntactic components (through the omission of prepositions or genitives), and at the same time as a complexification of logical relations between the nouns. This trend may have its source in the “wooden language” at work during the communist regime (that is to say, a language-internal drift during the second half of the 20th century). More recently, this tendency has been abundantly reinforced by the transfer of typologically determined juxtaposed constructions from lingua franca English, which has had a major influence not only on contemporary Romanian lexis and morphology (cf. Constantinescu et al. 2002), but also on syntax.

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Trașcă, L. I. “Noun+Noun Constructions in Written Romanian: What Do ’escrocii internet’, ’Tribunalul Timiş’ and ’preşedintele SIF’ Have in Common?”. Linguaculture, vol. 3, no. 2, Dec. 2012, pp. 85-98, doi:10.47743/lincu-2012-3-2-278.
Author Biography

Luminița Irinel Trașcă, Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany

Luminița Irinel Traşcă is a doctoral student at the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany. She obtained a Master in European Linguistics from the same University with a thesis on information density in written English during the 20th century. She worked as a research assistant during 2006-2009 for the project “The analyticisation of the indigenous languages of the British Isles and Ireland,” led by
Prof. Dr. Hildegard L.C. Tristram, and during 2007-2009 for the project “ICEJamaica: Compilation of the Jamaican component of the International Corpus of English,” led by Prof. Dr. Christian Mair. She is a member of the Research Training Group 1624/1 “Frequency effects in language” and of the Hermann Paul School of Linguistics.