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The Art of English: Everyday Creativity Paperback – 10 Feb 2006

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2006 edition (10 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403985596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403985590
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.6 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 734,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The volume provides a critical examination of ideas about everyday creativity, introducing a variety of approaches to its study. It explores an argument that has become influential within English language studies - that speakers and writers routinely use language creatively, and that there is some continuity between such everyday creativity and literary language. The chapters examine poetic language, narrative and performance in everyday conversation, along with a range of written genres (from graffiti and text messages to online chat).

About the Author

JANET MAYBIN and JOAN SWANN work in the Centre for Language and Communications at the Open University, UK, where they are responsible for the design and production of a range of open learning materials on aspects of English language studies. Janet Maybin also writes and researches on children's and adults' informal language and literacy practices and has written the forthcoming publication, Children's Voices: Talk, Language and Identity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). Joan Swann's main research interests are in sociolinguistics, particularly language and gender and language in education. She has recently published A Dictionary of Sociolinguistics with Ana Deumert, Theresa Lillis and Rajend Mesthrie (Edinburgh University Press, 2004).

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