Situating lexical bundles in the formulaic language spectrum

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If Douglas Biber and his collaborators in the Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English (Biber et al. 1999) had not devoted a great deal of work to replicate the corpus-driven methodology used by Bent Altenberg (1993) in the identification and analysis of recurrent word combinations, chances are lexical bundles and the dozens of studies of lexical bundles conducted in the last decade would not have come to exist. This chapter outlines the development of the study of these expressions, which have generated a strong area of research for discourse analysis, particularly analyses of academic prose in a wide variety of text types: research articles, dissertations and theses, and textbooks, among many others. Keywords: Lexical bundles; formulaic language; move analysis


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