Arbitrary innovations and literary universals

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The possibility of literary universals comes from the possibility that the forms and other aspects of literary texts are shaped by external factors such as psychology and the sociocultural functions of literature. Psychological factors include limitations on memory and processing, along with psycholinguistic factors (which might allow linguistic universals to have an influence on literary universals).
Original languageEnglish
TypeBlog post
Media of outputtext
Number of pages2
Place of PublicationStorrs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2017

Publication series

NameLiterary Universals Project
PublisherUniversity of Connecticut


  • literary universals
  • psycholinguistics
  • poetry

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