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Formulaic Sequences

  1. Alison Wray

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0434

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Wray, A. 2012. Formulaic Sequences. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


A “formulaic sequence” is broadly defined as a string of words with a meaning or function different from that of its component parts and which, for that reason, is hypo-thesized to be processed holistically.


  • first language acquisition;
  • pragmatics;
  • psychologualism;
  • second language acquisition;
  • vocabulary