Phraseology and Culture in English

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This is the first book-length publication devoted entirely to the study of the relation between English phraseology (i.e. the study of formulaic language) and culture. The contributions focus on particular lexemes (e.g. enjoy and its collocates), types of multiword units (e.g. proverbs and similes), use-related varieties (such as the language of tourism or answering-machine messages), and user-related varieties (such as Aboriginal English or African English).

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"The real virtue of the book is the multiplicity of issues addressed and the different perspectives proposed in the papers, which offer stimulating insights into the relationship between English phraseology and culture, contributing to the development of further research."Paola Attolino in:
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Paul Skandera, Management Center Innsbruck, Austria.

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Table of Contents

Preface   Paul Skandera     v
Developments in the study of formulaic language since 1970: A personal view   Andrew Pawley     3
Focus on particular lexemes
Reasonably well: Natural Semantic Metalanguage as a tool for the study of phraseology and its cultural underpinnings   Anna Wierzbicka     49
Australian perceptions of the weekend: Evidence from collocations and elsewhere   Bert Peeters     79
Enjoy!: The (phraseological) culture of having fun   Monika Bednarek   Wolfram Bublitz     109
Hot, heib, and gorjachij: A case study of collocations in English, German, and Russian   Doris Schonefeld     137
Focus on types of idioms
Collections of proverbs and proverb dictionaries: Some historical observations on what's in them and what's not (with a note on current "gendered" proverbs)   Charles Clay Doyle     181
Yankee wisdom: American proverbs and the worldview of New England   Wolfgang Mieder     205
Similes and other evaluative idioms in Australian English   Pam Peters     235
Definitely maybe: Modality clusters and politeness in spoken discourse   Svenja Adolphs     257
Focus on use-related varieties: Registers
Lexical developments in greenspeaking   Melina Magdalena   Peter Muhlhausler     275
The phraseology of tourism: A central lexical field and its cultural construction   Andrea Gerbig   Angela Shek     303
Idiomaticity in a cultural and activity type perspective: The conventionalization of routine phrases in answering-machine messages   Karin Aijmer     323
Focus on user-related varieties: Dialects and ethnolects
Greetings as an act of identity in Tristan da Cunha English: From individual to social significance?   Daniel Schreier     353
Multiword units in Aboriginal English: Australian cutural expression in an adopted language   Ian G. Malcolm   Farzad Sharifian     375
Fixed expressions as manifestations of cultural conceptualizations: Examples from African varieties of English   Hans-Georg Wolf   Frank Polzenhagen     399
Varieties of English around the world: Collocational and cultural profiles   Christian Mair     437
Formulaic language in cultural perspective   Penny Lee     471
Index     497
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