Corpus-Based Study: Exploring The Frequency of ‘Nouns’ Used in Poetry Written by UiTM Undergraduates

  • Nur Baiti Ismail Shauki
  • Manvender Kaur
Keywords: Computer-Assisted Corpus Analysis (CACA); written communication; part-of-speech (POS) tagging


This study aims to investigate the frequency level of ‘nouns’ used in poems written by the
undergraduates of Universiti Teknologi MARA Kampus Machang based on Paul Nation’s
headword list. The importance of knowing the frequency will determine teacher’s priority in
teaching vocabulary. The effect of teacher’s implementation of standard nouns in classroom
should reflect in the target behavior of the learner as they utilize the word in writing and mostly
in communicating. The methodology used in this mini-scaled investigation of the written
communication is the Computer-Assisted Corpus Analysis (CACA). Ten poems written by ten
undergraduate students were collected and analysed by Tagger C5 tagset to identify the ‘nouns’
and separate it from other content words. Subsequently, ‘nouns’ frequencies were calculated
by using AntConc software in order to determine the type of noun that most frequently occurred
in the student’s writing. The list of 107 words was then compared to Paul Nation’s English
Vocabulary Profile (EVP) program of academic vocabulary to determine the level of
vocabulary that the students possessed. In the discussion section, the result of the frequency is
analysed to determine whether the level is at par with the standard vocabulary knowledge or
below. Although the concordance overall results show that ‘nouns’ was the most frequent used
word in the poems,

How to Cite
Ismail Shauki, N. B., & Kaur, M. (2018). Corpus-Based Study: Exploring The Frequency of ‘Nouns’ Used in Poetry Written by UiTM Undergraduates. International Online Journal of Language, Communication, and Humanities, 1(1), 32-44. Retrieved from