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In an introduction to Semantics I - a Swedish student of linguistics,
and newcomer to this list - read about "prefabricated units" and the
claim that language users store not just individual words but also
longer idiomatic expressions and whole sentences in their vocabulary.
Then followed a reference to Bolinger's Aspects of Language, 1975: 30,
107-11 (2nd ed.). Are there any more studies on this matter? (e.g.
contra Bolinger). What methodology would one utilize in trying to prove
that there are differences between prefabricated word formations and
composite syntactic constructions, created according to the general
grammatical rules of a language?
With kindest regards