Formulaicity and Creativity in Language and Literature

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Formulaicity is pervasive in both spoken and written language. Speakers use a huge amount of prefabricated language including collocations, idioms, fixed and semi-fixed expressions, and verbal creativity often involves combining established word sequences rather than inventing wholly new ones. In literature, formulaicity was long disparaged as the opposite of creativity, and a hallmark of `genre fiction' of questionable aesthetic value, but a more recent approach sees all writing as intertextual - a tissue of citations and ...

Formulaicity and Creativity in Language and Literature 2017, Routledge, London

ISBN-13: 9781138721579

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