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Word play : what happens when people talk.

[1st ed.].. New York, Knopf; [distributed by Random House] [1974 [1973] .
ISBN 0394486757, 9780394486758

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Subjects Language and languages.
Verbal Behavior.
Description x, 350, xiv pages 22 cm.
Copyright Date [1974 [1973]
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-350).
Also issued online.
Summary The author views language as complex systems of grammar and human behavior and demonstrates the ways in which they interact through extensive examples, while exploring such questions as why certain words make us blush or wince, why men and women speak differently, why nursery rhymes in vastly different societies possess similar rhyme and rhythm patterns, and what slang, riddles and puns secretly have in common.
Contents Introduction: The play and the players ; I. The game: The ecology of language -- Speech situations -- Words and deeds ; II. The strategies: The speakable and the unspeakable -- Verbal dueling -- Playing with language -- Linguistic chauvinism ; III. Is the game rigged?: Man at the mercy of language -- How to talk about the world -- In other words ; IV. Born to speak: Man the talker -- The language of children -- The spoken word -- Making combinations ; V. The changing game: Language in flux -- Repairing Babel.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)677317
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WorldCat Identities Farb, Peter.
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