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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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With all its consonance and alliteration ("watch the women" "where water never fails"), the prosody of the poem is so tight, so paronomastic, that it pulls its words together.
As he convincingly states, "the Hebrew Bible employs both the 'independent' and the paronomastic infinitive absolute in nearly every modal context derived from cross-linguistic study.
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).
216), discusses Sarah's propensity for sadness, involving a paronomastic word-play, and points to other uses of paronomasia in the poem: Pharaoh is `fah' `guilty' (line 1860), Eve behaves `yfele' `badly' (line 790); see also p.
The paronomastic infinitive in Akkadian is an interesting construction.
Failing to perceive, with Derrida, that this doctrine of meaning depended for its own meaningfulness off rigorous discipline in analysis, some critics, mainly French and American, engaged in paronomastic orgies of a kind memorably censured by Pierre Bec in Cahiers de civilisation midievale XXIX (1986), 243-55.
Again, the argument rests fundamentally on the assumption that poetic language must play by the same rules as non-poetic language; poetry, even paronomastic poetry, is not exempt from the ordinary requirements of sentential coherence.
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).