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This paper proposes to rethink the study of oral performativity in the context of
modern cognitive science. To that end, we list a number of so-far unrecognized
parallels between the Parry-Lord theory of composition in performance and what has
come to be known as “usage-based” approaches to grammar and language acquisition
in the field of Cognitive Linguistics. We develop these connections into an integrated
whole, opening up the way for a research program in the new field of “cognitive oral
poetics”, and relating it to a number of very topical questions in present-day cognitive
science (creativity, language acquisition, multimodality). The conclusion vouches for a
closer collaboration of literary theorists, linguists, and cognitive scientists in the
establishment of cognitive oral poetics.