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The functions of a high-frequency collocation in native and learner discourse: the case of French c’est and Swedish det är
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of French, Italian and Classical Languages.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3589-5732
2007 (English)In: International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, ISSN 0019-042X, E-ISSN 1613-4141, Vol. 45, no 1, p. 1-43Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This cross-linguistic study investigates the functionality and use of one particular linguistic collocation in each of two languages, viz. the French c'est and the Swedish det är, both meaning ‘it is’. The data are drawn from conversational speech production by adult native speakers and second language learners. The investigation shows that these collocations are highly polyfunctional as components in different grammatical constructions, that they play a significant role as a formula in the planning and execution of utterances and that they show a characteristic distribution of frequency of use and a characteristic profile of development in learner speech. A usage-based view of how language develops in individuals is adopted in the analysis of these findings, showing that these various properties are connected to each other and that they have an important bearing on the development of learners' interlanguages.

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2007. Vol. 45, no 1, p. 1-43
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second language acquisition, French, Swedish, linguistics, formulaic language, developmental stages
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Specific Languages General Language Studies and Linguistics
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French; Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-27271DOI: 10.1515/IRAL.2007.001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-27271DiVA, id: diva2:213674
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