‘Creative Language’ 1


(Posting on a topic presented at an international conference; by one NEB)

Presenting ‘creative language’: The creative language I mention here is what is formally and academically known as ‘collocation’, which is simply a group of words which belong together and which are accepted to be common and/or English-sounding as judged by native speakers of English or as used by a majority of users. Collocation can be either common fixed phrases, common idioms, expressions prompted by local pragmatic norms and values (Antoni and Gunawan 2005 and Antoni 2010—supporting Kirkpatrick 2001), or self-created language out of the creativity of language and students alike mentioned above…

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