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Lexis Ludens

Wordplay and the Book of Micah


Anthony J. Petrotta

Is wordplay «mere ornamentation» or the «foundation of letters»? Petrotta explores the nature of wordplay, focusing particularly on an often neglected side, its humorous role in a text. Petrotta's contention that wordplay takes various forms involving sound, sense, and syntax, and fulfills diverse functions is illustrated by his penetrating analysis of the trope in the book of Micah.
Contents: The book is divided into two parts. The first part, «The Universe of Wordplay», explores conceptual options for understanding wordplay, the ambiguity of wordplay, and the humor of wordplay. Part 2 is the application of Part 1 to the text of Micah.