A Exploring Frequently Occurring Nouns in Business News and Articles Published in Pakistani Newspapers: A Synchronic Corpus-Based Study

Authors

  • Muhammad Amjad Department of English, Government Graduate College Layyah, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Riaz Hussain The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.
  • Zahoor Hussain The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan

Keywords:

business news and articles, business English, economy, frequency list

Abstract

This is a synchronic study with an exploratory corpus-based research design. The objective of the study is to explore and discuss frequently occurring nouns used in the business news and articles published in Pakistani newspapers in 2023. Two corpora containing 403 business news and 121 business articles were compiled. Texts were randomly selected from online versions of two Pakistani English newspapers namely Dawn and The Express Tribune. AntConc was used for the identification of frequently occurring nouns in the two corpora. The top 45 nouns in each corpus were selected for analysis and discussion. The word Pakistan topped both lists. A total of 31 words were common in both lists. In the corpus of business news, the words tax (477) and IMF (452) appeared together with minimal frequency difference. This shows a tight link between the Pakistani tax system with IMF policies. The words such as inflation, oil, debt and trade also appeared in the same corpus. Interestingly, the words PTI and Khan also appeared in the top forty-five nouns extracted from contemporary business English texts. No other party or its head could make the place in the given list. Prominent nouns in the corpus of business articles were IMF, debt, growth, inflation, tax, investments, prices, exports, China, GDP, increase, trade and development. The word China appeared 90 times which implies that China is playing a vibrant role in the economy and development of Pakistan.

Author Biographies

Muhammad Amjad, Department of English, Government Graduate College Layyah, Punjab, Pakistan

This is a synchronic study with an exploratory corpus-based research design. The objective of the study is to explore and discuss frequently occurring nouns used in the business news and articles published in Pakistani newspapers in 2023. Two corpora containing 403 business news and 121 business articles were compiled. Texts were randomly selected from online versions of two Pakistani English newspapers namely Dawn and The Express Tribune. AntConc was used for the identification of frequently occurring nouns in the two corpora. The top 45 nouns in each corpus were selected for analysis and discussion. The word Pakistan topped both lists. A total of 31 words were common in both lists. In the corpus of business news, the words tax (477) and IMF (452) appeared together with minimal frequency difference. This shows a tight link between the Pakistani tax system with IMF policies. The words such as inflation, oil, debt and trade also appeared in the same corpus. Interestingly, the words PTI and Khan also appeared in the top forty-five nouns extracted from contemporary business English texts. No other party or its head could make the place in the given list. Prominent nouns in the corpus of business articles were IMF, debt, growth, inflation, tax, investments, prices, exports, China, GDP, increase, trade and development. The word China appeared 90 times which implies that China is playing a vibrant role in the economy and development of Pakistan.

Riaz Hussain, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.

Head, Department of English Linguistics, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.

Zahoor Hussain, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan

Department of English Linguistics, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan

Published

2023-12-25

How to Cite

1.
Amjad M, Hussain R, Hussain Z. A Exploring Frequently Occurring Nouns in Business News and Articles Published in Pakistani Newspapers: A Synchronic Corpus-Based Study . Corporum [Internet]. 2023Dec.25 [cited 2024Mar.5];6(2):102-14. Available from: https://journals.au.edu.pk/ojscrc/index.php/crc/article/view/262