New Benjamins title- Corrigan et al.: Formulaic Language. Vol. 1

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Formulaic Language, Volume 1.
Distribution and historical change

Edited by Roberta Corrigan, Edith A. Moravcsik, Hamid Ouali and 
Kathleen M. Wheatley
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Studies in Language 82

2009. xxiv, 315 pp.

Hardbound  978 90 272 2995 3 / EUR 105.00 / USD 158.00

e-Book ­ Not yet available  978 90 272 9017 5 / EUR 105.00 / USD 158.00

Part of the set: Corrigan, Roberta, Edith A. Moravcsik, Hamid Ouali 
and Kathleen M. Wheatley (eds.), 
Language: Volume 1: Distribution and historical change, Volume 2: 
Acquisition, loss, psychological reality, and functional 
explanations. 2 vols. set.

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.


Table of contents

Introduction. Approaches to the study of formulae
Roberta Corrigan, Edith A. Moravcsik, Hamid Ouali and Kathleen M. Wheatley
Part I. What is Formulaic Language
languages versus humanists' languages and the place of speech act 
formulas in models of linguistic competence
Andrew Pawley
formulaic language: Persistent challenges and new opportunities
Alison Wray
Part II. Structure and distribution
tendencies of demonstrative clefts in spoken English
Andreea S. Calude
language and the relater category ­ the case of 

Jean Hudson and Maria Wiktorsson
aim is to analyze NP: The function of prefabricated chunks in academic texts
Elma Kerz and Florian Haas
in Japanese adjectives in conversation: Toward a new understanding of 
a lexical ('part-of-speech') category
Tsuyoshi Ono and Sandra A. Thompson
constructions in written language quotatives: A case study of English 
quotatives from two major genres
Jessie Sams
remarks on the evaluative connotations of toponymic idioms in a 
contrastive perspective
Joanna Szerszunowicz
Part III. Historical change
role of prefabs in grammaticization: How the particular and the 
general interact in language change
Joan Bybee and Rena Torres Cacoullos
models and formulaicity in Classical and Modern Standard Arabic
Giuliano Lancioni
corpus study of lexicalized formulaic sequences with preposition + 

Hans Lindquist
embodiment/culture continuum: A historical study of conceptual metaphor
James J. Mischler, III
'remaining' to 'becoming' in Spanish: The role of prefabs in the 
development of the construction 
Damián Vergara Wilson
Author index
Subject index

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