Fixed expressions in language comprehension and language production

    Project: Research project

    Project Details


    The central topic of the project can be worded in terms of three questions: How can we identify fixed expressions?; how can we further account for the interaction of the cognitive processes of `memorization� and `computation� in actual language use?; and how can we account for the conditions of usage that enhance inhibit the use of fixed expressions? Fixed expressions are conventionalized ways of expressing certain thoughts, and make up part of a speaker�s ability to communicate messages that sound `nativelike�, although, in principle, their actual usage can be accounted for by computational models of language processing. Hence, idioms or `frozen metaphors�, although clearly fixed expressions, do not belong to the empirical domain of the project. The conventionalized nature of fixed expressions should be accounted for by pointing out alternatives that, in principle, may serve similar semantic or pragmatic goals. By combining corpus-analytical and experimental paradigms, the project attempts to contribute to a better understanding of how fixed expressions are both understood or used, and by that to contribute to the development and validation of models/theories of knowledge of language and language use.
    Effective start/end date1/01/041/01/10

    Research Output

    • 2 Chapter
    • 1 Book/Film/Article review

    [Review of the book Retoriek in Reclame: waardering voor schema's en tropen in tekst en beeld, R. van Enschot-van Dijk, 2006]

    Schilperoord, J., 2006, In : Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing. 28, p. 265-271

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewOther research output

    Grammar and Language Production: Where do function words come from

    Schilperoord, J. & Verhagen, A., 2006, Cognitive Linguistic Investigations. Luchjenbroers, J. (ed.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Jonh Benjamins, p. 139-169 31 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

    Text Structure as a Window on the Cognition of Writing: How text Analysis Provides Insights in Writing Products and Writing Processes

    Sanders, T. J. M. & van der Wijst, P. J., 2006, Handbook of Writing Research. MacArthur, C. A., Graham, S. & Fitzgerald, J. (eds.). New York/London: Guilford, p. 386-405 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review