Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Education, Management and Social Science (ICEMSS-13)

The Analysis of Formulaic Sequences in English Editorials from the Perspective of Theme Theory

Authors
Huifeng Li, Yuanyuan Liu
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Huifeng Li
Available Online August 2013.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/icemss.2013.52How to use a DOI?
Keywords
English editorials, formulaic sequences, theme theory
Abstract
The value of formulaic sequences can never be over-estimated in second language acquisition. The present paper aims to analyze the distribution of different types of formulaic sequences in 30 randomly chosen English editorials from three modern English newspapers. The tool of the theme theory of Halliday is employed to reveal the distribution of these formulaic sequences in the theme/rheme of a sentence in English editorials. Among different categories, phrasal constraints dominate, followed by polywords and sentence builders. Formulaic sequences are of more value in theme than in rheme in English editorials in the writing and understanding of English editorials.
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Proceedings
2013 International Conference on Education, Management and Social Science (ICEMSS-13)
Part of series
Advances in Intelligent Systems Research
Publication Date
August 2013
ISBN
978-90-78677-80-2
ISSN
1951-6851
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/icemss.2013.52How to use a DOI?
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This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

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