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Formulaic language in computer-supported communication: theory meets reality

Wray, Alison ORCID: 2002. Formulaic language in computer-supported communication: theory meets reality. Language AwarenesS 11 (2) , pp. 114-131. 10.1080/09658410208667050

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A recent model of language processing in normal native speakers (Wray, 2002a) proposes that speakers reap substantial benefits from storing and retrieving prefabricated utterances from memory, rather than always constructing novel ones on line. Substantial evidence from a wide range of linguistic research is consistent with the model, but independent tests of its viability would be difficult to conduct. A small number of 'natural experiments', however, provide an opportunity to gain insights into some of the parameters of the model. One such 'natural' experiment is TALK, a system developed to promote conversational fluency in non-speaking individuals. The design and efficacy of TALK are explored and evaluated as a potential working model of Wray's depiction of normal language processing. TALK is demonstrated to be a valuable tool for the pursuit of language awareness, both because it demands of its users a highly developed sensitivity about how conversation works, and because it provides researchers with glimpses of a phenomenon that is normally inaccessible – language processing in action.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0965-8416
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 09:16

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