Exploding The Creativity Myth: The Computational Foundations of Linguistic Creativity

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A&C Black, Nov 29, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 224 pages

Karl Lagerfeld's description of his sunglasses as a 'Burqa for my eyes' drew a huge amount of commentary. But what was going on within that phrase? Why was it deemed original and contentious and what can it tell us about creativity?Taking us through cliché, metaphor, analogy, neologism and surrealism, amongst other creative tropes, Tony Veale offers a comprehensive guide to the actual processes behind linguistic creativity. By grounding his approachable examples in easy to replicate methods, the book is perfect as a resource for individual creative exploration. Anyone with an open mind and a computer and a desire to learn about how we creatively say things with words will love this book.Written by an expert in natural language generation, this deceptively simple book offers powerful tools for reconceptualising creativity.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Creation myths
1
Chapter 2 Enigma variations
15
Chapter 3 Shock and awe
37
Chapter 4 Round up the usual suspects
61
Chapter 5 Pimp my ride
87
Chapter 6 Six ridiculous things before breakfast
109
Chapter 7 Think like an investor
133
Notes
155
Bibliography
169
Index
179
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Tony Veale lectures in Computer Science atmUniversity College Dublin, Ireland, and is a visiting professor in the Web Science and Technology division of KAIST, the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea.

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