The Semantic Features of Collective Nouns in English

Authors

  • Tran Thi Thuy Oanh University of Foreign Language Studies, The University of Danang
  • Bui Thi Vy Thuyen Quang Trung High School, Quang Ngai Province, Viet Nam

Keywords:

vocabulary, English, collective nouns, semantic features

Abstract

The vocabulary, particularly nouns, is considerably more important in communication. Collective nouns are kinds of nouns depending on their meaning. They are distinct terms used to describe a particular collection of things and play a significant role in English. However, it is very difficult for non-native speakers to recall all of the specific nouns used to characterize each category of things. For instance, a "bunch of lions" could be taken advantage of instead of “a pride of lions"; however, it would detract from the language's beauty. Thus, in order to understand and utilize collective nouns accurately learners must be familiar with their semantic characteristics. The research is related to the semantic characteristics of collective nouns that are utilized to teach vocabulary to non-English major students at the University of Foreign Language Studies – The University of Danang. The researchers used descriptive and analytic techniques to comprehensively describe the semantic characteristics of 100 English collective nouns chosen at random from renowned short tales. In terms of semantic characteristics, collective nouns in English from gathered data are utilized to represent humans, animals, and objects semantically. Additionally, this research sought to hypothesize certain metrics for more efficient teaching and acquiring English vocabulary. In conclusion, the results of this research have many significant implications for future English practice and therefore clearly contribute to the development of English vocabulary acquisition and teaching.

Author Biographies

Tran Thi Thuy Oanh, University of Foreign Language Studies, The University of Danang

Tran Thi Thuy Oanh is a senior lecturer at University of Foreign Language Studies – The University of Danang, Vietnam. She had a Ph.D’s degree in English Linguistics and spent a researching course at University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, French Republic. Her current research fields are English linguistics, pedagogy and education.

Bui Thi Vy Thuyen, Quang Trung High School, Quang Ngai Province, Viet Nam

Bui Thi Vy Thuyen is currently a teacher at Quang Trung High School, Quang Ngai Province, Viet Nam. She is a Masters student at University of Foreign Language Studies, The University of Da Nang, Viet Nam.  Her research field is English linguistics.

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Published

13-10-2021

How to Cite

Tran, T. T. O., & Bui, T. V. T. (2021). The Semantic Features of Collective Nouns in English. International Journal of TESOL & Education, 1(3), 130–141. Retrieved from http://i-jte.org/index.php/journal/article/view/84