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This book investigates formal characteristics and discourse functions of linguistic creativity at the level of idioms in spoken ELF as represented in the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English (VOICE). Building on the findings of previous ELF research, the book proposes that creativity might serve as a fundamental concept in accounting for the variation that seems to be central to describing and understanding English as a lingua franca.
Marie-Luise Pitzl, University of Vienna, Austria
"All in all, Pitzl’s dense and informative work contributes a great deal to our current knowledge about how NNSEs employ idiom and metaphor in unconventional ways in face-to-face interaction." Fiona MacArthur in: Metaphor and the Social World 9:2, 2019, 285-292
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