Conclusion to Part III

  • Feifei Zhou


In this chapter, I have focused on the notion of creativity and analyzed four authors’ works in detail to see how they respectively deal with this notion and how this notion relates to their general views on human nature. The first three authors, Chomsky, Skinner and Harris have been subjected to a point-by-point comparative study including three themes related to creativity, while Carter’s book dedicated to everyday linguistic creativity was introduced later as an example of a recent study of creativity. Towards the end, I have extended the discussion of ‘creativity’ to machines to closely examine whether machines can be said to be creative and what the implications of increasingly intelligent and ‘creative’ machines are for both theories and practices of language and communication.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Feifei Zhou
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishLingnan UniversityHong KongChina

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