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Language Play, Wordplay and Pun – Conceptual and Terminological Aspects and Hierarchical Relations


Authors:
Ralitsa Demirkova St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Pages: 340-360

Abstract:

Against the background of a general lack of consensus regarding the definition of ‘wordplay’, the present study aims to outline a terminological and conceptual distinction between the ‘fuzzy’ concepts ‘language play’, ‘wordplay’ and ‘pun’ and to describe their hierarchical relations. A working definition of ‘wordplay’ is provided which takes into account not only the linguistic but also the cognitive aspects of this interesting phenomenon.

Keywords:

language play, wordplay, pun, formal similarity/identity, ambiguity, incongruity

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