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On Puns, Comebacks, Verbal Dueling, and Play Languages: Speech Play in Balinese Verbal Life
Language in Society
Vol. 22, No. 2 (Jun., 1993), pp. 217-233
Published by: Cambridge University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4168431
Page Count: 17
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In Bali, speech play is a cultural focus. Several of the many forms of Balinese speech play are investigated -- puns, comebacks and verbal dueling, and pig-latin type play languages. These are examined in the context of everyday, informal speech and conversation, verbal routines and events such as storytelling and bargaining, and the artistic and ritual performances for which Bali is famous, such as shadow puppet plays and dance dramas. Attention is paid to the role of multilingualism in Balinese speech play, especially the intersection of the various languages and language levels in constant use in Bali. The significance of speech play in Balinese culture and society is explored.
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