Constructionist Approaches to Creativity

Dr. Thomas Hoffmann, Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt

Tue, September 17, 2019 | BUR 337

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Creativity is an important evolutionary adaptation that allows humans to think original thoughts, to find solutions to problems that have never been encountered before and to fundamentally change the way we live. Drawing on data fron literary sources, advertisements as well as multimodal corpus data (from the RedHen corpus), this talk shows how constructionist approaches can further our understanding of linguistic creativity. Moreover, it will be argued that the in-depth study of creativity also helps to make Construction Grammar a psychologically as well as cognitively more plausible theory of language. 

Sponsored by: the Linguistics Research Center, Department of Germanic Studies, and the Texas Language Center

Bookmark and Share