BESPRECHUNGEN Michael H o e y. Lexical Priming: A New Theory of Words and Language. London/New York: Routledge, 2005, xiii + 202 pp., £ 19.99. Michael Hoey has long made himself a name as a keen promoter of a lexical approach to text analysis and text linguistics in general. Deeply inspired by Eugene Winter and M. A. K. Halliday, but gradually developing his own characteristic approach, Hoey has produced a number of influential publications in this area, most notably perhaps Patterns of Lexis in Text published in 1991. A second important facet of Hoey's previous work is his long-standing interest and involvement in the study of collocations by means of computerized corpora as represented by the Birmingham school founded by the late John Sinclair. In many ways, the book under review is a natural outcome of the combination of these two strands. What Hoey shows in this book is that not only the lexical but also the grammatical and textual organization of sentences and texts rely on the very principle of expectancy, or predictability, underlying the Firthian idea of collocation. The central notion of Hoey's original approach is that of priming. Known as a basic psychological effect exploited
Anglia - Zeitschrift für englische Philologie – de Gruyter
Published: Sep 1, 2007
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