In this paper we propose to examine the use of unspecific (shell) nouns in the French parliamentary debate. We are interested in the frequency of these nouns within the different constructions that host them. Our quantitative analysis, taking into account a set of 11 syntactic constructions, aims to measure the degree of attraction between words and constructions (Attraction and Reliance). This calculation enables to establish the distribution of this nominal category in the corpus, and to highlight the different modal values expressed by the shell nouns.
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- General nouns
- Shell nouns