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A Study on Fossilization from the Perspective of the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility

BAI Yu-ping(School of Foreign languages and Literatures,Lanzhou University,Lanzhou 730000,China)  
As a basic law in economics,the law of diminishing marginal utility not only applies to consumption behavior,but also applies to other behaviors of human beings.Language study is no exception.Fossilization is a phenomenon in linguistics which reveals that the language proficiency of learners will halt or even decline after 6 to 12 years of study.Researchers in the linguistic field have put forward various reasons to explain this phenomenon.However,fossilization can also be explored from the perspective of the law of diminishing marginal utility.This article illustrates the fact that language study also conforms to the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility,explores the reasons why utility diminishes in language study and finally suggests some strategies to solve the problem.
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