Creativity and Register

Applying The Creativity-in-Register Cube Framework (CIRCF) to the Analysis of Pattern-Forming Creativity

Authors

  • Locky Law University of Hong Kong

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/lhs.20061

Keywords:

creativity; linguistic creativity; systemic functional linguistics; register; CIRCF; TV drama

Abstract

The discussion on how creativity can be described in terms of register, field, tenor, and mode has been established in Law’s (2019b) creativity-in-register cube framework (CIRCF). This article is a sequel to that discussion by demonstrating how the CIRCF can be used in the quantitative analysis of Carter’s (2004) pattern-forming creativity, using the dialogues of TV drama House, M.D. (Shore, 2005) as examples. This article begins with an introductory review of background information and relevant literature on linguistic creativity and systemic functional linguistics, before focusing on verbal repetition as a resource for pattern-forming creativity. The methodology section includes a brief description of the CIRCF and the procedures for the computer-assisted extraction of pattern-forming creativity. The analysis section provides a walk-through of the CIRCF in the multidimensional semiotic analysis of pattern-forming creativity, both numerically and graphically, involving different registers, and variables under field, tenor and mode. Possible future research topics are included in the conclusion section.

Author Biography

Locky Law, University of Hong Kong

Locky Law is a senior research assistant and part-time assistant lecturer at in Centre for Applied English Studies, at the University of Hong Kong. He specialises in linguistic theories, the creation and development of linguistic models, corpus creation and quantitative analysis.

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Published

2021-05-04

How to Cite

Law, L. (2021). Creativity and Register: Applying The Creativity-in-Register Cube Framework (CIRCF) to the Analysis of Pattern-Forming Creativity. Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 15(1), 97–128. https://doi.org/10.1558/lhs.20061

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