Unconventional Expressions: Productive syntax in the L2 acquisition of formulaic language

  title={Unconventional Expressions: Productive syntax in the L2 acquisition of formulaic language},
  author={Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig and David Stringer},
  journal={Second Language Research},
  pages={61 - 90}
This article presents a generative analysis of the acquisition of formulaic language as an alternative to current usage-based proposals. One influential view of the role of formulaic expressions in second language (L2) development is that they are a bootstrapping mechanism into the L2 grammar; an initial repertoire of constructions allows for statistical induction of abstract grammatical categories, such that formulaic language is the data source from which syntactic rules are derived. This… 
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