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LINGUIST List 17.1659

Thu Jun 01 2006

Qs: Formulaic Sequences

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        1.    Joanna Jendryczka, Formulaic Sequences


Message 1: Formulaic Sequences
Date: 30-May-2006
From: Joanna Jendryczka <joanna.jendryczkagmail.com>
Subject: Formulaic Sequences


Dear list members,

As a part of my M.A. thesis, I am investigating multi-word units (otherways
called recurrent sequences, word bundles, etc.) in non-native English speech.

I remember having read somewhere that if such a string of words contains
repeats (of the same words) and/or hesitation (like erm, mm, uhu) within
it, it cannot be treated as a formula, for the very inclusion of repetition
or hesitation proves the sequence was not processed as a whole but rather
as a set of words.

Unfortunately, I do not remember from which scolar the idea comes and I
need it for justification of my very study.

I'll appreciate any hints or direct reference to the source.

Best regards,

Joanna Jendryczka
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M.A. English Linguistics student
A.Mickiewicz University Poznan, Poland

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

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