Formulaic Sequences: Acquisition, Processing, and Use

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Norbert Schmitt
John Benjamins Publishing, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 303 pages
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Formulaic sequences (FS) are now recognized as an essential element of language use. However, research on FS has generally been limited to a focus on description, or on the place of FS in L1 acquisition. This volume opens new directions in FS research, concentrating on how FS are acquired and processed by the mind, both in the L1 and L2. The ten original studies in the volume illustrate the L2 acquisition of FS, the relationship between L1 and L2 FS, the relationship between corpus recurrence of FS and their psycholinguistic reality, the processes involved in reading FS, and pedagogical issues in teaching FS. The studies use a wide range of methodologies, many of them innovative, and thus the volume serves as a model for future research in the area. The volume begins with three survey chapters offering a background on the characteristics and measurement of FS.
 

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Contents

Measurement of formulaic sequences
23
Formulaic performance in conventionalised varieties of speech
37
A longitudinal study
55
Individual differences and their effects on formulaic sequence acquisition
87
Socialcultural integration and the development of formulaic sequences
107
Are corpusderived recurrent clusters psycholinguistically valid?
127
An eyemovement study into the processing
153
Exploring the processing of formulaic sequences through
173
Comparing knowledge of formulaic sequences across L1 L2 L3 and L4
191
The effect of typographic salience on the look up and comprehension
227
Formulaic language learning on television
249
Index
301
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About the author (2004)

Diane Schmitt began teaching English in Japan and currently lives and teaches in the United Kingdom. She is Academic Team Leader for EFL/TESOL at Nottingham Trent University, where she coordinates all English language instruction at the university. She also contributes to the master's program in English Language Teaching. Her research interests include issues related to the acquisition of English for academic purposes and second-language testing. She is a regular contributor to English teaching conferences. Norbert Schmitt began his EFL teaching career in Japan, where he taught all levels of students for six years. After completing his Ph.D., he began lecturing at the University of Nottingham, where he is currently Reader of Applied Linguistics and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics. He is an active researcher in all aspects of second-language vocabulary studies and has published several books and numerous research papers in this area. He frequently presents at language-teaching conferences and consults on vocabulary learning and testing issues internationally.

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