Humanising Language Teaching
Language and creativity: the art of common talk
Here are some quotes from the book:
...Drawing on a range of real examples of everyday conversations and speech, from flatmates in a student house and families on holiday to psychotherapy sessions and chatlines , the book argues that creativity is an all pervasive feature of everyday language. Using close analysis of naturally occurrring language taken from the unique, 5 million word corpus held at the University of Nottingham, Language and creativity reveals that speakers commonly make meanings in a variety of creative ways, in a wide range of social contexts and for a diverse set of reasons.
Waitress 1 The ham-sandwich at table 11 wants the bill
Creativity and dimensions of discourse:
Professor Michael Halliday writes:
"Professor Carter has always recognised that casual, spontaneous conversation is extraordinarily rich in the way its speakers use the resources of their language. Thanks to the Cancode corpus he has been able to document this creativity with dialogue taken from real life..."
[Editorial note: We hope to run a review of this major book in one of the next issues.]