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Language and Creativity: The Art of Common Talk

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Language and Creativity explores the creativity inherent in everyday spoken language.
Creativity in language has conventionally been regarded as the preserve of institutionalised discourses such as canonical literature and the discourse of advertising. In Language and Creativity Ronald Carter analyses naturally-occurring spoken language to reveal that ordinary people in eve
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 8th 2004 by Routledge (first published January 29th 2004)
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Nicholas Richard Pearson
Ronald Carter's publication, 'Language and Creativity: The Art of Common Talk' is an attempt to build on existing theories of creativity in order to examine whether language can be a creative phenomenon in everyday conversation, or specifically reserved for the solitary literary genius. It asks questions such as whether we create language ourselves or simply build upon existing idioms within the general mass populace, bringing about an argument as to whether anyone can create linguistic creativi ...more
There is a special place in hell for an author who persistently lets his sentences run to 5 lines full of jargon. This isn't a beginner's book but Chapter 2 is by far the worst written of all the chapters. The sentences were so long, with so many sub clauses, that I had forgotten the point by the time I reached the end. I can only assume that the linguist was having an off day as it would've been so easy to make things more understandable, by using smaller sentences. I had to bribe myself to rea ...more
Unfortunately, I never did get on with this book when studying for my degree. Although it covers important concepts, I never gelled with the author's style. I found it a bore and a chore to read. I suppose a little must have gone in eventually, but for the most part I dreaded being told to read this book. It just wasn't for me.
Lyn Newman
This book is like marmite: you either love it or you hate it. Personally, I'm in the love it camp. I read it in two days and it all just clicked for me. I found the writing style quite easy and direct but I am aware that many others find it difficult and boring. Maybe you have to really love the subject matter and have previous contact with the ideas...who knows. Read by Lyn.
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