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Title: Formulaic Sequences
Subtitle: Acquisition, processing and use
Edited By: Norbert Schmitt
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LL_LT_9
Series Title: Language Learning & Language Teaching 9

Formulaic sequences (FS) are now recognized as an essential element of language use. However, research on FS has generally been limited to a focus on description, or on the place of FS in L1 acquisition. This volume opens new directions in FS research, concentrating on how FS are acquired and processed by the mind, both in the L1 and L2. The ten original studies in the volume illustrate the L2 acquisition of FS, the relationship between L1 and L2 FS, the relationship between corpus recurrence of FS and their psycholinguistic reality, the processes involved in reading FS, and pedagogical issues in teaching FS. The studies use a wide range of methodologies, many of them innovative, and thus the volume serves as a model for future research in the area. The volume begins with three survey chapters offering a background on the characteristics and measurement of FS.

Table of contents

Preface viii
Formulaic sequences in action: An introduction
Norbert Schmitt and Ronald Carter 1–22
Measurement of formulaic sequences
John Read and Paul Nation 23–35
Formulaic performance in conventionalised varieties of speech
Koenraad Kuiper 37–54
Knowledge and acquisition of formulaic sequences: A longitudinal study
Norbert Schmitt, Zoltán Dörnyei, Svenja Adolphs and Valerie Durow 55–86
Individual differences and their effects on formulaic sequence acquisition
Zoltán Dörnyei, Valerie Durow and Khawla Zahran 87–106
Social-cultural integration and the development of formulaic sequences
Svenja Adolphs and Valerie Durow 107–126
Are corpus-derived recurrent clusters psycholinguistically valid?
Norbert Schmitt, Sarah Grandage and Svenja Adolphs 127–151
The eyes have it: An eye-movement study into the processing of formulaic sequences
Geoffrey Underwood, Norbert Schmitt and Adam Galpin 153–172
Exploring the processing of formulaic sequences through a self-paced reading task
Norbert Schmitt and Geoffrey Underwood 173–189
Comparing knowledge of formulaic sequences across L1, L2, L3, and L4
Carol Spöttl and Michael McCarthy 191–225
The effect of typographic salience on the look up and comprehension of unknown formulaic sequences
Hugh Bishop 227–248 ‘Here’s one I prepared earlier’: Formulaic language learning on television
Alison Wray 249–268
Facilitating the acquisition of formulaic sequences: An exploratory study in an EAP context
Martha A. Jones and Sandra Haywood 269–300

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
Language Learning
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