International Journal of English Research

International Journal of English Research


International Journal of English Research
International Journal of English Research
Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2019)

The role of formulaic language in ESL social context in Nigeria


Dr. Isaac Tamunobelema, Dr. Viincent Obobolo

Formulaic Language has in recent years been the object of investigation due to its importance and widespread use among speakers of English around the world. Formulaicity is a generic term which converge an array of phrases in applied linguistics denoting a non-generative and unproductive system of deriving meaning but a reliance on holistic one based on the culture of the speech community. In the present study, an attempt is made to define what formulaic language is, a review of the existing current literature and a discussion on the phenomenon in a social environment. The study captures three potential functions which make formulaicity strive among speakers in L2, namely the ease with which the loading processing of language is carried out, clarity of ambiguity in language production, and the use of same in manipulating and controlling persons and things within one’s environment.
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