Formulaic language sequences in discourse and narrative: constructionist approach

Чугу, С. Д. (2017) Formulaic language sequences in discourse and narrative: constructionist approach. Вісник Житомирського державного університету імені Івана Франка (1(85)). pp. 10-14. ISSN 2076-6173

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The article provides a review of the language theories in the cognitive perspective maintaining that formulaic sequences are linguistic elements which are perceived as fixed and prefabricated wholes that can be retrieved from memory at the time of use. The theoretical consideration that most fixed expressions are defined relative to a certain conceptual framework also calls for special studies so emphasis is put on their functional and semantic characteristics in discourse and narrative. New developments in constructive grammar are used to design an approach based on the idea of combining linguistic elements into complex expressions and to elaborate on the hypothesis that language is grounded in language independent cognitive processes. The author highlights the possibility to broaden research paradigm to study formulaic language units with the overall aim to deepen understanding of the role of procedurized knowledge in discourse and narrative interpretation. The article also demonstrates insights into what constitutes a formulaic sequence to determine distinctive characteristics of such meaningful sequences. The author claims that formulaic sequences have different pragmatic functions in discourse and narrative which are predetermined by their semantics and the context of the situation. The use of formulaic language units in context is governed by pragmatic principles which assign particular functions to these sequences. Pragmatic potential of the formulaic language units that is analyzed in the article gives evidence to the significant role ready-made chunks and preferred sequences of words play in language acquisition and production.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: formulaic sequence, prefabricated whole, situation-bound utterances, cognitive process, semantics, pragmatic function.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Depositing User: Руслана Іщук
Date Deposited: 30 May 2017 07:03
Last Modified: 30 May 2017 07:10

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