Speech Play and Verbal Art

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University of Texas Press, 1 paź 2002 - 186

Puns, jokes, proverbs, riddles, play languages, verbal dueling, parallelism, metaphor, grammatical stretching and manipulation in poetry and song— people around the world enjoy these forms of speech play and verbal artistry which form an intrinsic part of the fabric of their lives. Verbal playfulness is not a frivolous pursuit. Often indicative of people's deepest values and worldview, speech play is a significant site of intersection among language, culture, society, and individual expression.

In this book, Joel Sherzer examines many kinds of speech play from places as diverse as the United States, France, Italy, Bali, and Latin America to offer the first full-scale study of speech play and verbal art. He brings together various speech-play forms and processes and shows what they have in common and how they overlap. He also demonstrates that speech play explores and indeed flirts with the boundaries of the socially, culturally, and linguistically possible and appropriate, thus making it relevant for anthropological and linguistic theory and practice, as well as for folklore and literary criticism.

 

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Introduction
1
The Grammar of Play and the Play of Grammar
12
Forms of Speech Play in Context
26
From Speech Play to Verbal Art
70
Contexts for Speech Play
123
Notes
157
References
167
Credits
179
Index
181
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Steve Cole spent a happy childhood being loud and aspiring to amuse. At school his teachers often despaired of him - one of them went so far as to ban him from her English lessons, which enhanced his reputation no end. Having grown up liking stories, he went to university to read more of them. A few years later he started writing them too. Steve has also worked as a researcher for radio and an editor of books and magazines, but is best-known as an author - and in particular for the hugely-successful Astrosaurs series.

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