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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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FYI: Book Presentation ''Il gioco di parole e le lingue''

Author: Annarita Guidi

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin

FYI Body: As complex phenomena, puns have been studied from different perspectives - from Semiotic to Linguistics, from Rhetoric to Literary Criticism, from Philosophy to Psychology.

This book analyzes puns on the base of two linguistic models.

On one side, phonological mechanisms of pun are described and classified through Autosegmental Phonology and Optimality Theory; such frameworks allow the comparison of puns in different languages and language families.

On the other side, the semantic-pragmatic features of pun come to be crucial with respect to several issues - e.g., the ''felicity'' of puns, intercultural communication, and the use of humor in language teaching.

A new, operative model of pun is proposed, in order to foster the analysis of such phenomenon in different languages.

Roma Tre University
Facoltà di Lettere e filosofia - AULA 16
via Ostiense, 236
Rome, Italy
May 7, 2013

Massimo Vedovelli (Dean - University for Foreigners of Siena) and Maria Catricalà (Professor of Linguistics - Roma Tre University) will present the book

Guidi, Annarita, 2012, ''Il gioco di parole e le lingue. Dalla semantica alla pragmatica'' [Pun and languages. From semantics to pragmatics], Perugia, Guerra edizioni.

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