ERIC Number: ED086021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Contrastive Analysis and Linguistic Creativity.
Di Pietro, Robert J.
Working Papers in Linguistics, v3 n4 p57-71 Apr 1971
The distinction between artifact and tool is introduced into the study of language diversity and the posting of linguistic universals. A complicating factor in all language investigations is the use of language as the chief tool to create new language. Analogy and metaphor are considered as two major creative forces at work in all languages. Understanding how these creative forces operate leads to an explanation of linguistic diversity within the framework of universals. If we wish to do more than chart linguistic diversity, we shall have to move to a consideration of innate creative forces. (Author)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Contrastive Linguistics, Creativity, Deep Structure, Distinctive Features (Language), Figurative Language, Grammar, Italian, Language Patterns, Language Styles, Language Universals, Metaphors, Modern Languages, Physical Characteristics, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Sentence Structure, Spanish, Surface Structure, Syntax
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Dept. of Linguistics.
Note: Paper presented at the Pacific Conference on Contrastive Linguistics and Language Universals (Honolulu, Hawaii, January 11-16, 1971)