from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Possessing power to fabricate or make.
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Much of Jakobson's poetic function (referred to by other linguists sometimes as the rhetorical or aesthetic function) can, I'd argue, be better understood as targeting the medium rather than the message, reformulated as a "fabricative" function in which the operation is one of purely abstract structuring, pattern-generation.
As figurative rather than representative, narrative is not crudely polemical in the way it relates to its subjects, speaking of it only implicitly at most; but as figurative rather than fabricative, narrative is not autotelic at all.
With that in mind, I'd propose a revision of Jakobson's model which splits his poetic function into fabricative and figurative:
What is going on in the fabricative (poetic, rhetorical, aesthetic) articulation is a process of shaping the message as an articulation of the medium's potential, forms being selected for the pleasure of abstract order in its own right -- the harmonies of repetition and resonances, rhyme and rhythm, and so on.
There is, however, one other industry which must be mentioned, though it cannot be classed as a fabricative industry: it is the production of wool, of which South African exports in 1945 amounted to $42,000,000.
Matt Berg profiles an emerging fabricative ecosystem of Car Batteries and LED's:
(if our language will permit it) _fabricative_ instincts.