312 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth 1976 | ISBN 9780812277067 | $79.95s | Outside the Americas £64.00
Ebook 2016 | ISBN 9781512803150 | Buy from Combined Academic Publishers £64.00
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 AnthropologistFrom 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.