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Paronomasia

 

a figure of speech in which paronyms are set in opposition to produce a comic effect or suggest a figurative meaning. Paronyms are words whose similarity in sound or partial coincidence in morphemic composition may cause errors in usage or, more frequently, give rise to puns. Examples of paronomasia are the Russian muzh po drova, zhena so dvora (“when the husband leaves to get the firewood, the wife gets to leave the house”) and the French apprendre n’est pas comprendre (“studying is not the same as learning”).

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The fourth chapter of the book briefly describes the use of infinitives absolute in non-modal contexts, and draws an important distinction between the effect of the paronomastic infinitive in modal versus non-modal contexts: whereas in modal contexts the paronomastic construction emphasizes modality, in non-modal contexts it serves as "adverbial intensification of the verbal idea" (p.
What are we to make, for instance, of the use of the paronomastic construction in one passage but not in a parallel text?
The type c paronomastic infinitive (Cohen 2004: [section]3) is used like the asseverative, for insistence, as well as for rhetorical concessives (which is what we have here; see Cohen 2005a: 60-65).
A different construction, reminiscent of the paronomastic infinitive, (6) is of the type #summa + infinitive (protasis)--finite verbal form (apodosis)#, where both clauses have the same lexeme.
Veiling--in this case, of male narrative agency--would promise to frame, contain and ultimately unveil more rigorously the female other, a gesture that reinforces the promise of linguistic mastery as well, since the epigraph in fact is structured precisely on a paronomastic pun on the words "bed" and "death" in Greek, thalamos and thanatos.
In the first two subtypes of the paronomastic infinitive in -um(-ma), the infinitive is a syntactic representation of the verbal lexeme.
This corresponds to the Han paronomastic glosses on fu [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]; see Knechtges, The Han Rhapsody, 12-13.
The answer to (b), then, is suggested by the Hann-time paronomastic gloss [CHINESE TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]: 'thief' means '[one who] flees', or 'an absconder' is '[one who] absconds'.
The user of this volume will also be less than well served by W's desultory introduction to the historicallinguistic problems presented by the SWCTs punning definitions, many (or most) of which may be read as paronomastic etymologies.
80, Makeham discusses the paronomastic glossing of li with ti and lu; in the note he states: "It is interesting in that the relation of ti and li is based on graphic similarities while that of lu and li is based on phonetic similarities.
They commonly went through a stage called "graphic multivalence," where graphs could represent homophones (rebus writing or paronomastic writing) as well as homeosemes (parasemantic use of a graph).
30) Although the use of lu to define li, a word belonging to the same rhyme group, may be dismissed as a contrived paronomastic gloss, the word lu is in turn glossed in the Shuowen jiezi as zu suo yi ye 'that which the feet follow [i.