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By Joel Sherzer

Puns, jokes, proverbs, riddles, play languages, verbal dueling, parallelism, metaphor, grammatical stretching and manipulation in poetry and track— humans world wide get pleasure from those types of speech play and verbal artistry which shape an intrinsic a part of the material in their lives. Verbal playfulness isn't really a frivolous pursuit. usually indicative of people's private values and worldview, speech play is an important website of intersection between language, tradition, society, and person expression.

In this publication, Joel Sherzer examines many sorts of speech play from areas as different because the usa, France, Italy, Bali, and Latin the US to supply the 1st full-scale research of speech play and verbal paintings. He brings jointly a number of speech-play varieties and tactics and indicates what they've got in universal and the way they overlap. He additionally demonstrates that speech play explores and certainly flirts with the limits of the socially, culturally, and linguistically attainable and acceptable, therefore making it correct for anthropological and linguistic conception and perform, in addition to for folklore and literary criticism.

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