Formulaic Language and the Lexicon: FORMULAIC LANGUAGE & THE LEXIC by Alison WrayFormulaic Language and the Lexicon: FORMULAIC LANGUAGE & THE LEXIC by Alison Wray

Formulaic Language and the Lexicon: FORMULAIC LANGUAGE & THE LEXIC

byAlison Wray

Paperback | November 10, 2005

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A considerable proportion of our everyday language is "formulaic". It is predictable in form and idiomatic--apparently stored in fixed or semi-fixed chunks. This book explores the nature and purposes of formulaic language, and looks for patterns across the research findings from the fields of discourse analysis, first language acquisition, language pathology and applied linguistics. It gradually builds up a unified description and explanation of formulaic language as a linguistic solution to a larger, non-linguistic, problem, the promotion of self.
Title:Formulaic Language and the Lexicon: FORMULAIC LANGUAGE & THE LEXICFormat:PaperbackDimensions:348 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:November 10, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521022126

ISBN - 13:9780521022125

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Table of Contents

Part I. What Formulaic Sequences Are: 1. The whole and the parts; 2. Detecting formulaicity; 3. Pinning down formulaicity; Part II. A Reference Point: 4. Patterns of formulaicity in normal adult language; 5. The function of formulaic sequences: a model; Part III. Formulaic Sequences in First Language Acquisition: 6. Patterns of formulaicity in child language; 7. Formulaic sequences in the first language acquisition; Part IV. Formulaic Sequences in a Second Language: 8. Non-native language: overview; 9. Patterns of formulaicity in children using a second language; 10. Patterns of formulaicity in adults and teenagers using a second language; 11. Formulaic sequences in second language acquisition: a model; Part V. Formulaic Sequences in Language Loss: 12. Patterns of formulaicity in aphasic language; 13. Formulaic sequences in aphasia: a model; Part VI. An Integrated Model: 14. The variable unit distributed lexicon.

Editorial Reviews

'Formulaic Language and the Lexicon encourages us to rethink the way we describe language and to refocus our studies on the way language actually behaves, rather than the way existing theories and models suggest that it should.' Language Awareness