Dogus OksuzPhD student, Associate Lecturer
Most research into formulaic language has been limited to a narrow set of languages particularly English (Durrant, 2013). For example, Sinclair’s (1991) “idiom principle”, which states that a language user has large number of available semi-preconstructed phrases that constitute single choices during processing, – has only rarely been applied to highly inflected, agglutinative languages such as Turkish. For this reason, our knowledge on the role they play in formal, functional, pragmatics and processing aspects, has been restricted to the narrow set of languages and the status of formulaicity as a property of language as such has not sufficiently established (Durrant, 2013). Biber (2009) suggested that agglutinating languages such as Turkish and Finnish are particularly interesting candidates for investigating the scope and status of formulaicity as a property of language. Therefore, the present thesis sets out to investigate the influence of agglutination on the formulaicity, through a corpus-based description of Turkish and English. In addition, it aims to investigate the processing differences of formulaic sequences in an agglutinating language, Turkish, and a non-agglutinating language, English by L1 and L2 speakers.