September 2, 2017
The adjectival use of the word chosen is in the focus of this study. Based on data taken from the Corpus of Historical American English , the adjectival characteristics of chosen are investigated first. As chosen is a participial adjective, its uses with reference to its participial character are analysed. The third line of investigation outlines the co-occurrence patterns of chosen with nouns. The results from the corpus-linguistic analyses will be related to the theoretically deduced notions ‘canonical’ and ‘non-canonical’. A discussion in how far the notions ‘canonical’ and ‘non-canonical’ can be related to the corpus-linguistic results follows.