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

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

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