Journal Article

An Academic Formulas List: New Methods in Phraseology Research

Rita Simpson-Vlach and Nick C. Ellis

in Applied Linguistics

Volume 31, issue 4, pages 487-512
Published in print September 2010 | ISSN: 0142-6001
Published online January 2010 | e-ISSN: 1477-450X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/applin/amp058
An Academic Formulas List: New Methods in Phraseology Research

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This research creates an empirically derived, pedagogically useful list of formulaic sequences for academic speech and writing, comparable with the Academic Word List (Coxhead 2000), called the Academic Formulas List (AFL). The AFL includes formulaic sequences identified as (i) frequent recurrent patterns in corpora of written and spoken language, which (ii) occur significantly more often in academic than in non-academic discourse, and (iii) inhabit a wide range of academic genres. It separately lists formulas that are common in academic spoken and academic written language, as well as those that are special to academic written language alone and academic spoken language alone. The AFL further prioritizes these formulas using an empirically derived measure of utility that is educationally and psychologically valid and operationalizable with corpus linguistic metrics. The formulas are classified according to their predominant pragmatic function for descriptive analysis and in order to marshal the AFL for inclusion in English for Academic Purposes instruction.

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Language Teaching Theory and Methods

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