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    Talking in clichés: the use of stock phrases in discourse and communication

    Bullo, Stella and Bousfield, Derek ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9120-9250 (2023) Talking in clichés: the use of stock phrases in discourse and communication. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108471633 (hardback); 9781108458139 (paperback); 9781108559010 (ebook)

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    For decades, social perspectives, and even academic studies of language, have considered clichés as a hackneyed, tired, lazy, unthinking and uninspiring form of communication. Authored by two established scholars in the fields of Systemic-Functional Linguistics and Discourse Studies and Pragmatics, this cutting-edge book comprehensively explores the perception and use of clichés in language from these complementary perspectives. It draws data from a variety of both written and spoken sources, to re-interrogate and re-imagine the nature, role and usage of clichés, identifying the innovative and creative ways in which the concepts are utilised in communication, interaction, and in self-presentation. Observing a rich, complex layering of usage, the authors deconstruct the many and varied ways in which clichés operate and are interdependently constructed; from the role they play in discourse in general, to their functions as argumentative strategies, as constructs of social cognition, as politeness strategies, and finally as markers of identity.

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