The Social Function of Creative Language

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The social functions of creative language use in everyday interactions. Creativity is a staple in spoken language and could be considered to be grease for the wheels of social interaction. Creativity in communication ‘is a property actively possessed by all speakers and listeners’ (Carter 2004: 6).1 As a trait possessed by all, many social functions are fulfilled by the use of creative language in everydayRead Now

The Stability of Meaning in Written Texts – 1

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Stability of meaning

Discussing some of the reasons why written texts cannot be assumed to transmit either reliable or stable meanings. Pt1. A text appears definitive and stable to its reader. Such certainty is associated with written language that the phrase ‘in black and white’ has become idiomatic.1 Any properly considered analysis must acknowledge however that the evolution of language, as well as the respective contexts of readerRead Now

The Stability of Meaning in Written Texts – 2

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Stability of meaning

Discussing some of the reasons why written texts cannot be assumed to be reliable, undermining the stability of meaning. Pt2. Click HERE for Part I. … Stability of meaning may remain unreliable, but no accusation of inscription inadequacy can reasonably be made. We project meaning without acknowledging much of the casket is missing, and some depictions make little sense to the twenty-first century eye. ThatRead Now