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Title: Formulaic Language
Subtitle: Volume 2. Acquisition, loss, psychological reality, and functional explanations
Edited By: Roberta Corrigan
Edith A. Moravcsik
Hamid Ouali
Kathleen M. Wheatley
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 83

This book is the second of the two-volume collection of papers on formulaic
language. The collection is among the first in the field. The authors of
the papers in this volume represent a diverse group of international
scholars in linguistics and psychology. The language data analyzed come
from a variety of languages, including Arabic, Japanese, Polish, and
Spanish, and include analyses of styles and genres within these languages.
While the first volume focuses on the very definition of linguistic
formulae and on their grammatical, semantic, stylistic, and historical
aspects, the second volume explores how formulae are acquired and lost by
speakers of a language, in what way they are psychologically real, and what
their functions in discourse are. Since most of the papers are readily
accessible to readers with only basic familiarity with linguistics, the
book may be used in courses on discourse structure, pragmatics, semantics,
language acquisition, and syntax, as well as being a resource in linguistic

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027290168
Prices: U.S. $ 158.00
Europe EURO 105.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027229960
Pages: 361
Prices: U.S. $ 158.00
Europe EURO 105.00