Language and creativity: a Construction Grammar approach to linguistic creativity

Thomas Hoffmann 1
  • 1 KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Department of English and American Studies, Universitätsallee 1, Eichstätt, Germany
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Abstract

Creativity is an important evolutionary adaptation that allows humans to think original thoughts, to find solutions to problems that have never been encountered before and to fundamentally change the way we live. One particular domain of human cognition that has received considerable attention is linguistic creativity. The present paper discusses how the leading cognitive linguistic theory, Construction Grammar, can provide an explanatory account of creativity that goes beyond the issue of linguistic productivity. At the same time, it also outlines how Construction Grammar can benefit from insights from Conceptual Blending.

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