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BY 3.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter 2018

Universals in puns and humorous wordplay

From the book Cultures and Traditions of Wordplay and Wordplay Research

  • Salvatore Attardo


This article reviews some of the universal features of humorous wordplay which include the phonological mechanisms used to manipulate strings, the semantic oppositeness found in incongruity, the pseudo-logical Cratylistic resolution of the incongruity, and the relative distribution of types of wordplay involving different types of ambiguity and alliteration.

© 2018 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Munich/Boston
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