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Goldberg, Adele E. and Clarice Robenalt. 2015. Judgment evidence for statistical preemption: It is relatively better to vanish than to disappear a rabbit, but a lifeguard can equally well backstroke or swim children to shore. Cognitive Linguistics 26 (3) : 467–503.
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De Gruyter


When are speakers allowed to employ language creatively and when not? It is suggested that whereas speakers prefer well-known formulations over new ones, they are ready to expand verbs creatively if there is no easily disposable alternative manner to convey the intended meaning.