Speech Play

Speech Play
Research and Resources for the Study of Linguistic Creativity

Edited by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

312 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth 1976 | ISBN 9780812277067 | Buy from De Gruyter $79.95 | €69.95 | £70.50
Ebook 2016 | ISBN 9781512803150 | Buy from De Gruyter $79.95 | €69.95 | £70.50
This book is available under special arrangement from our European publishing partner De Gruyter.
An Anniversary Collection volume

"Elucidates the concept and the nature of speech play from several vantage points . . . a welcome contribution to the rapidly growing literature on ethnography of speaking."—American Anthropologist
From riddles to proverbs, from jingles to jokes, from mnemonics to pig Latin to dueling with words, speech play is central to social life in all of its forms. These essays describe a variety of speech play genres, formulate the "rules" for play with language, and discuss the relevance of speech play to current issues in linguistic theory, cognitive development, and the ethnography of speaking.

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