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Language Play and Translation
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Language play, an essential component in human linguistic behavior, while typically associated with verbal humor, poses a constant challenge to translators of ancient Greek texts, both in and beyond humorous literature. This article follows at first Crystal’s (1998) focus on language play as ‘manipulation of language’ to review in brief its various forms and its pervasive nature. It t…

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Vassilis Argyris, “Language Play and Translation”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 15 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000203>
First published online: 2013

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