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Title: Perspectives on Formulaic Language
Subtitle: Acquisition and Communication
Written By: David C. Wood

Formulaic sequences are more or less fixed word combinations such as
idioms, collocations, lexical bundles, phrasal verbs and so on. Study in
this area has grown over the past fifteen years, despite the fact that
there are no academic journals or conferences devoted to this topic.

This edited collection is an attempt to draw together the diverse
international work on formulaic language. It features an introduction by
Dr. Regina Weinert, a pioneer and expert in the study of formulaic language
in acquisition. The authors have an international scope, from China and
Italy to Armenia, Canada and Britain. The book is divided into three
sections: Formulaic Language in Acquisition and Pedagogy; Identification
and Psycholinguistic Processing of Formulaic Language; Communicative
Functions of Formulaic Language. The topics of the papers are as varied as
the geographic locations of the authors – critical discourse analysis,
psycholinguistics, memorization, corpus analysis, specific languages such
as Arabic, and even Beowulf and blogging language. This volume represents a
step forward for the study of formulaic language, offering diverse, often
previously unexplored perspectives from international researchers,
advancing knowledge in innovative ways.

It makes a fresh contribution the growing number of works on this topic and
will appeal to researchers and academics working with formulaic language
throughout linguistics.

"The new millennium has seen an explosion of usage-based studies showing
that formulaic language and constructions are the rule rather than the
exception. This volume is an important contribution to this growing field
of research, directing the reader, as it does, to an abundance of new
prefabricated patterns and sequences of different degrees of generality,
from abstract schemas over frames to (semi)fixed sequences, and in a wide
range of applicational studies including memorization and processing,
developmental L2 learning and textbook design."
Britt Erman, Associate Professor, University of Stockholm, Sweden

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
General Linguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781441138156
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 75.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781441150479
Pages: 304
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