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What do we (think we) know about formulaic language? An evaluation of the current state of play

Wray, Alison 2012. What do we (think we) know about formulaic language? An evaluation of the current state of play. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics 32 (1) , pp. 231-254. 10.1017/S026719051200013X

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Abstract

This article briefly summarizes key developments in formulaic language research over the past 5 years, before exploring certain assumptions typically made, regarding the coherence of formulaicity as a phenomenon, the significance of frequency as a property, and the location of subtypes of formulaic language along various continua. It is argued that we do not yet have the full measure of how different features associated with formulaicity fit together. The challenge lies in reconciling the range of evidence types within an explanation that is rooted not only in usage itself, but in the underlying motivations that determine usage.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0267-1905/ (accessed 21/02/2014).
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0267-1905
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:27
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/39408

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