Formulaic creativity: Oral poetics and cognitive grammar
Keywords: 
Construction grammar
Oral formulaic style
Oral epic traditions
Issue Date: 
2016
ISSN: 
0271-5309
Citation: 
Pagán Cánovas, C., & Antović, M. (2016). Formulaic creativity: Oral poetics and cognitive grammar. Language & Communication, 47, 66–74. JOUR.
Abstract
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.

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