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Books: Morphology/Sociolinguistics/Discourse Analysis: Munat (Ed)

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Message 1: Lexical Creativity, Texts and Contexts: Munat (Ed)
Date: 14-Dec-2007
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Lexical Creativity, Texts and Contexts: Munat (Ed)
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Title: Lexical Creativity, Texts and Contexts Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 58 Published: 2007 Publisher: John Benjamins

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Editor: Judith Munat Hardback: ISBN: 9027215677 9789027215673 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027215677 9789027215673 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00

The coining of novel lexical items and the creative manipulation ofexisting words and expressions is heavily dependent on contextual factors,including the semantic, stylistic, textual and social environments in whichthey occur. The twelve specialists contributing to this collection aim toilluminate creativity in word formation with respect to functionaldiscourse roles, but also examine 'critical creativity' determined bylanguage policy, as well as diachronic phonetic variation increatively-coined words. The data, based either on large corpora or smallerhand-collected samples, is drawn from advertising, the daily press,electronic communication, literature, spoken interaction, cartoons, lexicalontologies and style guides. Each study analyses novel formations inrelation to their contexts of use and inevitably leads to the crucialquestion of creativity vs. productivity. By focussing on creative lexicalformations at the level of parole, these studies provide insightsinto morphological theory at the level of langue, and ultimatelyseek to explain lexical creativity as a function of language use.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis                             Morphology                             Sociolinguistics                             Text/Corpus Linguistics
Written In: English (eng )

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