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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (29 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415234492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415234498
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Reading this volume gives the same pleasure as dipping into a reference book on where words come from. It is fascinating and full of background interest ... It is an intriguing study, delving into how human beings use language and how every one of us is creative with it.' – ESB

'The strength of this book is that Carter uses "real" evidence, transcriptions of conversations from the Cancode corpus, a 5-million-word computerised database that includes recordings from a variety of settings in the UK and Ireland. This broad-ranging approach makes the book a useful consciousness-raising exercise for beginner students.' – Jean Aitchison, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'The book is a valuable new intervention which should be considered by all applied linguists for both the detail of its analyses and the larger questions it opens up.' – BaaL News

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Do we just use language? Or do we create it? Who says only a genius can be creative? What do our everyday conversations tell us about ourselves? Creativity in language has conventionally been regarded as the preserve of institutionalized discourses such as literature and advertising, and individual gifted minds. "Language and Creativity" explores the idea that creativity, far from being simply a property of exceptional people, is an exceptional property of all people. Drawing on a range of real examples of everyday conversations and speech, from flatmates in a student house and families on holiday to psychotherapy sessions and chat-lines, the book argues that creativity is an all-pervasive feature of everyday language. Using close analysis of naturally occurring language, taken from the unique 5-million-word corpus held at the University of Nottingham, "Language and Creativity" reveals that speakers commonly make meanings in a variety of creative ways, in a wide range of social contexts and for a diverse set of reasons.

In this ground-breaking book, Ronald Carter builds on previous theories of creativity, and offers a radical contribution to linguistic, literary and cultural theory. A must for anyone interested in the creativity of our everyday speech.

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