Formulaic Language

Volume 1. Distribution and historical change

| University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
| University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
| University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
| University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
ISBN 9789027229953 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027290175 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This book is the first of the two-volume collection of papers on formulaic language. The collection is among the first ones in the field. The book draws attention to the ritualized, repetitive side of language, which to some estimates make up over 50% of spoken and written text. While in the linguistic literature, the creative and innovative aspects of language have been amply highlighted, conventionalized, pre-fabricated, “off-the-shelf” expressions have been paid less attention – an imbalance that this book attempts to remedy. The first of the two volumes addresses the very concept of formulaic language and provides studies that explore the grammatical and semantic properties of formulae, their stylistic distribution within languages, and their evolution in the course of language history. Since most of the papers are readily accessible to readers with only basic familiarity with linguistics, besides being a resource in linguistic research, the book may be used in courses on discourse structure, pragmatics, semantics, language acquisition, and syntax, as well as being a resource in linguistic research.
[Typological Studies in Language, 82]  2009.  xxiv, 315 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction. Approaches to the study of formulae
Roberta Corrigan, Edith A. Moravcsik, Hamid Ouali and Kathleen Wheatley
Part I. What is Formulaic Language
Grammarians' languages versus humanists' languages and the place of speech act formulas in models of linguistic competence
Andrew Pawley
Identifying formulaic language: Persistent challenges and new opportunities
Alison Wray
Part II. Structure and distribution
Formulaic tendencies of demonstrative clefts in spoken English
Andreea S. Calude
Formulaic language and the relater category – the case of about
Jean Hudson and Maria Wiktorsson
The aim is to analyze NP: The function of prefabricated chunks in academic texts
Elma Kerz and Florian Haas
Fixedness in Japanese adjectives in conversation: Toward a new understanding of a lexical (‘part-of-speech’) category
Tsuyoshi Ono and Sandra A. Thompson
Genre-controlled constructions in written language quotatives: A case study of English quotatives from two major genres
Jessie Sams
Some remarks on the evaluative connotations of toponymic idioms in a contrastive perspective
Joanna Szerszunowicz
Part III. Historical change
The role of prefabs in grammaticization: How the particular and the general interact in language change
Joan L. Bybee and Rena Torres Cacoullos
Formulaic models and formulaicity in Classical and Modern Standard Arabic
Giuliano Lancioni
A corpus study of lexicalized formulaic sequences with preposition + hand
Hans Lindquist
The embodiment/culture continuum: A historical study of conceptual metaphor
James J. Mischler, III
From ‘remaining’ to ‘becoming’ in Spanish: The role of prefabs in the development of the construction quedar(se) + ADJECTIVE
Damián Vergara Wilson
Author index
Subject index
“The volume provides a rich read. [...]The label 'formulaic' allows volumes such as the present one to illustrate the pervasiveness of lexcically restricted sequences and to explore them in all their glorious detail.”
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008042109 | Marc record