Oxford Applied Linguistics

Formulaic Language: Pushing the Boundaries

Alison Wray



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Examines how formulaic language ("lexical chunks") is used in a variety of real-life situations.

Presents a framework for examining the existence and function of formulaic language and tests it extensively against language data within a wide variety of language samples. Formulaic language is a fast-growing area of applied linguistic research, and the author is a key figure in this field.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-442245-1
  • Pages: 328
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156 mm

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The series attracts single or co-authored volumes from authors researching at the cutting edge of this dynamic field of interdisciplinary enquiry. The titles range from books that make such developments accessible to the non-specialist reader to those which explore in depth their relevance for the way language is to be conceived as a subject, and how courses and classroom activities are to be designed. As such, these books not only extend the field of applied linguistics itself and lend an additional significance to its enquiries, but also provide an indispensable professional foundation for language pedagogy and its practice.

The scope of the series includes:
  • second language acquisition
  • bilingualism and multi/plurilingualism
  • language pedagogy and teacher education
  • testing and assessment
  • language planning and policy
  • language internationalization
  • technology-mediated communication
  • discourse-, conversation-, and contrastive-analysis
  • pragmatics
  • stylistics
  • lexicography
  • translation

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  • 'Despite the complexities of this challenge, however, by centering her analysis precisely at the boundaries of formulaicity, Wray is ultimately highly successful in accounting for a wide range of formulaic phenomena in language.'
    Journal of Sociolinguistics 13/4, 2009

  • 'an extremely stimulating read, and can be thoroughly recommended.'
    Modern English Teacher

  • 'For those interested in a deeper understanding of how formulae relate to discourse analysis, textuality, phraseology, or human and computer language acquisition, Alison Wray's authoritative Formulaic Language: Pushing the Boundaries is a "must cite".'
    TESOL & Applied Linguistics

  • 'Language teacher trainers with a side-line in applied linguistics should find this a fascinating read.'
    The Teacher Trainer Journal 23:1, 2009

  • 'The intertwining of theoretical discussion and practical implications makes it a must-read for those who are interested in formulaic language.'
    Studies in Second Language Acquisition 31:4, Dec 2009

  • 'covers a prodigious range of topics...Another notable strength of the book is its simultaneous commitment to both application and theory.'
    Applied Linguistics Journal 31:1, Feb 2010

  • '...a helpful resource for the promotion of discussions of formulaic language in the classroom.'
    Journal of the IATEFL SIG, 33, April 2009

  • '...full of the author's genuine thinking and inventive proposals. The intertwining of theoretical discussion and practical implications makes it a must-read for those who are interested in formulaic language.'

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Part of... Oxford Applied Linguistics


The core foundations of applied linguistics have long been located in exploring language as it is used in the world and in finding solutions to language-based problems. Modern applied linguistics is interdisciplinary and wide-ranging, being informed by research spanning psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, education, corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and other areas of the cognitive, learning, and information sciences.

The goal of the OUP Applied Linguistics Series is to influence the quality of language education through publishing and disseminating relevant scholarship and research.

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