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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity

1st Edition

Edited by Rodney H. Jones


534 pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity provides an introduction to and survey of a wide range of perspectives on the relationship between language and creativity. Defining this complex and multifaceted field, this book introduces a conceptual framework through which the various definitions of language and creativity can be explored.

Divided into four parts, it covers:

  • different aspects of language and creativity, including dialogue, metaphor and humour
  • literary creativity, including narrative and poetry
  • multimodal and multimedia creativity, in areas such as music, graffiti and the internet
  • creativity in language teaching and learning.

With over 30 chapters written by a group of leading academics from around the world, The Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity will serve as an important reference for students and scholars in the fields of English language studies, applied linguistics, education, and communication studies.


"The creative use of language is neither extraordinary nor merely supplementary. As many scholars have come to realise, it plays a pivotal enabling role in human thought and social interaction, and is a key feature of language use. Integrating a wealth of different approaches and a wide sweep of domains, with contributions by the leading researchers in the field, this authoritative handbook is a key entry and reference point for what is now a central topic in the study of language and communication."

Guy Cook, King's College London, UK

"This book moves the discussion of creativity beyond a focus on creativity as a characteristic of individuals to an exploration of how creativity is a core feature of all aspects of language use and communication. It provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary overview of the nature of creativity and in the process redefines the landscape of creativity studies."

Jack C. Richards, University of Sydney, Australia

Table of Contents

Foreword Ronald Carter Introduction Rodney H. Jones I Dimensions of Language and Creativity 1. Everyday Language Creativity Janet Maybin 2.Language, Creativity and Cognition Andreas Langlotz 3. Creativity and Discourse Analysis Rodney H. Jones 4. Creativity and Dialogue Keith Sawyer 5. Lexical Creativity Judith Munat 6. Metaphor and Metonymy Laura Hidalgo 7. Humour and Language Play Nancy Bell 8. Constructed Languages Douglas Ball 9. Creativity and Interdiscursive Performance in Professional Communication Vijay K. Bhatia 10. Discourses of Creativity Camilla Nelson II Literary Creativity 11. Literariness David Miall 12. Literary Stylistics and Creativity Geoff Hall 13. Cognitive Stylistics Peter Stockwell 14. Poetry and Poetics Michael Toolan 15. Literary Narrative Andrea MacRae 16. Creativity in Response Joan Swann 17. Creativity and Translation Douglas Robinson III Multimodal and Multimedia Creativity 18. Literature and Multimodality Alison Gibbons 19. Language and Music Anna Jordanous 20. Silence and Creativity: Re-mediation, Transduction and Performance Adam Jaworski 21. Creativity in the Fourth Dimension: The Grammar of Movement according to Jean Tinguely Theo Van Leeuwen 22. Computational Approaches to Language and Creativity Tony Veale 23. Creativity and Internet Communication Angela Goddard 24. Creativity and Digital Text Roberto Simanowski 25. Language, Creativity and Remix Culture Michele Knobel and Colin Lankshear 26. Vernacular Creativity in Urban Textual Landscapes Victoria Carrington and Clare Dowdall IV Creativity in Language Teaching and Learning 27. Creativity in Second Language Learning Tan Bee Tin 28. Multilingual Creative Cognition: Theory and Practice Anatoliy Kharkhurin 29. Literature and Language Teaching Gillian Lazar 30. Creativity in Composition Martha C. Pennington 31. Teaching Creative Writing Graeme Harper

About the Editor

Rodney H. Jones is Professor of Sociolinguistics and New Media at the University of Reading, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Handbooks in English Language Studies

Routledge Handbooks in English Language Studies provide comprehensive surveys of the key topics in English language studies. Each Handbook focuses in detail on one area, explaining why the issue is important and then critically discussing the leading views in the field. All the chapters are specially commissioned and written by prominent scholars. Coherent, accessible and carefully compiled, Routledge Handbooks in English Language Studies are the perfect resource for both advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General