Formulaic Genres

  • Koenraad Kuiper

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Formulaic Genres

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Koenraad Kuiper
      Pages 3-25
    3. Koenraad Kuiper
      Pages 26-41
    4. Koenraad Kuiper
      Pages 42-57
  3. Genrelects

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 207-223

About this book


Mikhail Bakhtin was right. Humans could not use the languages they know without also learning the genres which govern so much of our social life. These genres frequently consist of rules prescribing the order in which we must say things and formulaic phraseology which prescribes what can and should be said. Native speakers know only a small fraction of the formulaic genres in a speech community. This relativizes the concept of a native speaker in all situations. Koenraad Kuiper illustrates these views with an array of fascinating case studies of engagement notice writers, horse race commentators, weather forecasters, pump aerobics instructors, square dance callers, cartoonists, and Red Guards.


body Case Studies China construction corpus English gender humour knowledge multilingualism project propaganda reconstruction revolution tradition

Authors and affiliations

  • Koenraad Kuiper
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CanterburyNew Zealand

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