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Phraseology and the Advanced Language Learner, Hardback Book

Phraseology and the Advanced Language Learner Hardback


Phraseology is often thought of as an anomaly and a headache for language learners.

However, researchers have tended to focus on just one end of the scale: fairly fixed, conventional multi-word units.

Here their special status and any divergence from the standard form are clearly evident.

What happens at the other end of the scale? How much and what kind of variability does phraseological patterning tolerate?

Svetlana Vetchinnikova explores meaning-shift units (MSUs) in second language usage, acquisition and processing.

Importantly, she argues for the value of looking at individual languages and tracing MSUs as they are learned from exposure, used in individual language output and processed in the mind - and advocates a shift of focus from groups to individuals.

This important study develops a unified view on phraseological patterning in second language acquisition and use and the processes which lead to it.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 440 pages, Worked examples or Exercises; 38 Tables, black and white; 6 Line drawings, black and whit
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Literacy
  • ISBN: 9781108499804