Creativity and innovation

John R Taylor

in The Mental Corpus

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199290802
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741388 | DOI:
Creativity and innovation

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That language use is creative (in the Chomskyan sense) is incontrovertible. The chapter also documents linguistic innovation, where speakers go beyond encountered input. Innovation is illustrated on examples of language change in progress: progressive busy, ditransitive explain, and idioms involving all over.

Keywords: formulaic language; lexical closure; language change; language variation; reanalysis; idiom extension

Chapter.  8467 words. 

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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