Rachel Giora

in On Our Mind

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195136166
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846993 | DOI:

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This chapter examines the role of aesthetic innovation in language comprehension and production. It evaluates the role of salience in aesthetic innovation and analyses the Optimal Innovation Hypothesis. The findings reveal that optimally innovative variation involves some minimal change that results in meaning transformation but such that allows for the recovery of the salient interpretation from which it derives. The result also suggests that pure innovation can be made by inserting two modifications into the salient expression so that its meaning becomes less accessible.

Keywords: aesthetic innovation; language production; Optimal Innovation Hypothesis; salient interpretation

Chapter.  3752 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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