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Lexis Ludens

Wordplay and the Book of Micah

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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.