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Title: Noun%20Modifiers%20in%20Daughter%20of%20Smoke%20and%20Bone%20by%20Laini%20Taylor


1
Noun Modifiers in Daughter of Smoke and Bone by
Laini Taylor
  • Emily Ward
  • WOU Academic Excellence Showcase
  • May 30, 2013

2
Noun Modifiers
  • Adding words, phrases, or clauses to a noun
    phrase in order to describe or specify the head
    noun
  • Adds maturity to the writing
  • Directs readers attention
  • Creates a hierarchy of information

3
Registers
  • From most frequent use of modifiers to least
  • Academic Writing
  • Newspaper
  • Fiction
  • Conversation

Biber, Conrad, and Leech. (2002). Longman Student
Grammar of Spoken and Written English.
4
Example from Fiction
  • Portion of the text with noun modifiers removed
  • Two moons. Neither was full. One was a disc, the
    other a crescent.

5
Example from Fiction
  • Original portion of the text
  • Two moons. Neither was full. One was a radiant
    half disc high overhead, the other a pale
    crescent just rising to clear a crust of mountain.

6
Premodifiers
  • Adjective her bare feet
  • Participle a narrow, barred niche
  • Noun the dead mans chest

7
Postmodifying Clauses
  • Relative clause a gesture Karou couldnt
    decipher
  • To-infinitive clause elephants to haul them
    there
  • Ing-clause
  • a pale crescent just rising to clear a crust of
    mountain
  • Ed-clause
  • lantern suspended from a hook above his head

8
Postmodifying Phrases
  • Prepositional phrase
  • the smug smiles of connoisseurs
  • Appositive noun phrase
  • an entire world, a world with two moons
  • Adjective phrase
  • a tattooed eye identical to her own

9
Text Chosen
  • 2060 words
  • Very descriptive scene
  • Young Adult Fantasy
  • Why did I choose this passage?
  • Vivid writing
  • Fiction writer myself

10
Analysis
  • Color-coded modifiers
  • Possessives?
  • Determiners
  • Second time for this presentation

11
Results
  • 209 noun modifiers
  • Most common Premodifying adjectives (41.6)
  • Second most common Postmodifying prepositional
    phrases (24)
  • For every 100 words, about 10 modifiers were used

12
Premodifiers
No. of all modifiers (approx.)
Adj/Adj. Phrase 87 41.6
Participle 17 8.1
Noun 14 6.7
13
Postmodifiers
No. of all modifiers (approx)
Prep. Phrase 50 24
Adj/Adj. Phrase 20 9.5
Rel. Clause 8 3.8
Ing-clause 6 2.8
Ed-clause 4 2
App. Noun Phrase 2 1
To clause 1 0.5
14
Discussion
  • Two most common modifiers were not surprising
  • High number of postmodifying adjectives and
    adjective phrases is rare
  • a world apart, complete with its own mountains,
    continents, moons
  • an iguana-thing so huge it could only be called a
    dragon

15
Discussion
  • Vivid choice of words
  • Place in fiction
  • Common in description, not in dialogue

16
Conclusion
  • As a reader
  • Missed the richness of the writing the first time
    I read it
  • As a writer
  • Choosing each word carefully
  • Evocative images

17
Works Cited
  • Taylor, Laini. Chapter 17 World Apart Daughter
    of Smoke Bone. New York Little, Brown, 2011.
    108-15. Print.
  • Biber, Douglas, Susan Conrad, and Geoffrey N.
    Leech. Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and
    Written English. Harlow, Essex Longman, 2002.
    Print.
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