Edited By Carmen Argondizzo
The volume is published in a historical moment in Europe in which the European Commission is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Barcelona Agreement (2002-2012), which emphasized the importance of learning two languages in addition to the mother tongue. The volume reflects on strategies for achieving these objectives, while underlining the belief that creativity is a skill which needs to be identified, stimulated and nurtured for the benefit of the entire society.
RONALD CARTER University of Nottingham Over the past few years I have developed particular interest in creativ- ity and especially in the relationship between language and creativity. I am, therefore, very pleased to be able to make a short statement about what I believe to be the importance of creativity and the relationship between language and creativity and perhaps in the process I will make one or two general observations about the importance of crea- tivity in the modern world. I am going to take just one example, pro- duced by one of our students in the School of English Studies at the University of Nottingham. A group of staff specialising in Applied Linguistics recently developed a website in which we displayed infor- mation about our new courses. The website had a particular interesting new design and we asked students to send us e-mails with comments after they had reviewed the site. One of our students wrote the follow- ing: “I came, I saw, I logged off”. Now I think that is a particular interesting use of creative language. First of all it involves a pattern ‘I + past tense of the verb repeated three times’. So there is a pattern established. Secondly, there is an element of echoing of intertextuality because it recalls Julius Caesar’s famous statement when he invaded the British Isles and conquered them: “I came, I saw, I conquered”, and the student assumed that we were able to pick up that intertextual reference. But it also...
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