> > more proper nouns in news paper text than in fiction
> certainly true. In general, the more formal/informational a text is, the more nominal, with more nouns, adjs/determiners; the more informal/interactional, the more verbs and pronouns. Fiction and newspaper are noteworthy for past tenses and 3rd-person pronouns.
Interesting but does that hold for all other languages? For example, signed languages and specifically British Sign Language. There are several signed language corpora now do those support this assertion? And what about those written languages, like BSL, that do not have a tense system but use time markers instead?
<>< Re: deemed!