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Improvisation, Language, and Cognition

Peter Blouw

Published: 2010-07-22

This article explores the way conversational language is both improvisational and structured. It touches on Noam Chomsky's idea of 'universal grammar' but also highlights the way we use preset linguistic phrases to create language in the same way that improvising musicians draw on a personal repertoire of motifs.

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We’ll all be more innovative if we participate in collaborative webs and share more openly. Creativity is always a collaboration and it’s always a form of improvisation, written large in the social world.

– Keith Sawyer