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Introducing language and creativity

Updated Thursday 30th July 2015

Our short video gives a brief introduction to creativity - and explores its links with language.

What is creativity, and what does it have to do with language? This animation looks at how people use language in creative ways, at the roles linguistic creativity plays in society, and at how people go about studying it.

Inspired? For more about English language studies at the Open University visit our prospectus site: BA (Honours) English Language and Literature BA (Honours) Language Studies

 

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