Hi all,

Firstly I DO apologise to you because I couldn't come up with a proper title for my question. I'd like to have some ideas, key terms, or anything that can help me start my studies.
I've recently been so obsessed with these ideas of 'lexical phrases', 'lexicalised grammar', or as some have put it, 'gramaticalised lexis', and their roles in teaching English, and how effectice they are in improving a learner's fluency. Undoubtedly a lot of work must have been done in this area, but I haven't got any special article or academic paper on the this topic. (I'd be happy if anyone could get me some hints how I can have access to any recent work in this area.)

Besides, some believe that native speakers of any language have, as competence, some 'lexical chunks' which consist of one up to a few words carrying a 'meaning'.

For example, to me a sentence like 'you could have done it in a much better way...' is a sentence including various items, put together in an awkward way! (I'm exaggerating to get you the feeling a learner might experience the first time they come across such difficult structures.) However, it's believed, that a native speaker might, unconsciously, use it as a single chunk of meaning (a phonetic chunk, perhaps?!). (Something like, '/kʊdəvdənɪt/ or even /kʊdədənɪt/'.

Do you believe this could ever be used in teaching such structures to learners making them produce meaningful chunks and giving them the time to come up with the rule that governs what they have produced this way?

I'm sure a lot of you will think this is so trivial a topic compared to the loads of work done in this area. But, this is just an idea I'd like to have more information about. So, please help me by giving me anything you think might help me with this issue.

So many thanks in advance!