Formulaic Language and the Lexicon

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Formulaic Language and the Lexicon

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 332 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521773096
  • DDC分類 413.028

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A considerable proportion of our everyday language is 'formulaic'. It is predictable in form, idiomatic, and seems to be 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. The book culminates in a new model of lexical storage, which accommodates the curiosities of non-native and aphasic speech. Parallel analytic and holistic processing strategies are the proposed mechanism which reconciles, on the one hand, our capacity for understanding and producing novel constructions using grammatical knowledge and small lexical units, and on the other, our use of prefabricated material which, though less flexible, also requires less processing.

Table of Contents

        List of Figures and Tables                 vii
Preface and Acknowledgements ix
Part I. What Formulaic Sequences Are
The Whole and the Parts 3 (16)
Detecting Formulaicity 19 (25)
Pinning Down Formulaicity 44 (25)
Part II. A Reference Point
Patterns of Formulaicity in Normal Adult 69 (24)
Language
The Function of Formulaic Sequences: A Model 93 (12)
Part III. Formulaic Sequences in First Language
Acquisition
Patterns of Formulaicity in Child Language 105(23)
Formulaic Sequences in the First Language 128(15)
Acquisition Process: A Model
Part IV. Formulaic Sequences in a Second
Language
Non-native Language: Overview 143(7)
Patterns of Formulaicity in Children Using a 150(22)
Second Language
Patterns of Formulaicity in Adults and 172(27)
Teenagers Using a Second Language
Formulaic Sequences in the Second Language 199(18)
Acquisition Process: A Model
Part V. Formulaic Sequences in Language Loss
Patterns of Formulaicity in Aphasic Language 217(30)
Formulaic Sequences in Aphasia: A Model 247(14)
Part VI. An Integrated Model
The Heteromorphic Distributed Lexicon 261(22)
Notes 283(18)
References 301(26)
Index 327