"Word Play" in Ancient Near Eastern Texts
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The main purpose of this book is to survey the various functions of word play in ancient Near Eastern texts and provide a comprehensive taxonomy for the phenomenon (both of the kinds of devices employed and their possible functions). In addition, this monograph explores definitions of "word play" by exploring ancient conceptions of words, the various functions that such devices serve, and the generative role of scripts (consonantal, syllabic, and pictographic). Also discussed in the book are issues of terminology, genre, audience, grammaticality, interpretation, and methodology. Languages included in the study include Sumerian, Akkadian, Egyptian, Ugaritic, biblical Hebrew, and Aramaic. The book concludes by suggesting potential avenues for future research.