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The potential meaning refers to the conventionalized meaning, and it typically appears in a dictionary definition. Taken by itself, the potential meaning fails to communicate; it needs to be instantiated in actual interaction. The informational meaning, presented in the cognitive place, is synonymous with referential meaning and propositional meaning. It primarily describes the proposition with little emphasis placed on modality and aspect. The emotive meaning, enacted in the emotive place, refers to the speaker’s emotional attitudes, aroused emotional responses, and the broad range of general feelings associated with the linguistic expression.

A speaker, using the –ing form, expresses the danger involved in a game he and his friends played as children by saying, “And you’d just roll, like circusing right the way down and get right up the top” (Carter and McCarthy 1995: 310). Here is a case where language is made to stand out from its context. Now, regarding creativity in general, I should add here that it involves both psychological and sociocultural domains. It is true that the creativity phenomenon has traditionally been studied in psychology.

Likewise, Cook’s (2000) study offers the following tenets. First, language play, an example of linguistic creativity, is not observed in children’s discourse alone; it is a phenomenon widely observed among speakers of all ages. Second, a language-play view of communication necessitates a reciprocal approach between linguistic form and meaning, Chapter 2. Background  where the speaker is concerned with simultaneous goals associated with linguistic form, creative imagery, and original purpose. 3 Linguistic creativity in cognitive approaches Recent developments in cognitive linguistics (Lakoff and Johnson 1980; Lakoff 1987; Turner and Fauconnier 1995, 1999; Fauconnier and Turner 1998) have brought new approaches to language.

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