Wordplay in translation

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Dirk Delabastita's definition of wordplay is dense but comprehensive:

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Antonopoulou, Eleni
2002“A cognitive approach to literary humour devices: translating Raymond Chandler.” In Translating humour, Jeroen Vandaele (ed.), 195–220. Special issue of The Translator 8 (2). DOI logo  TSBGoogle Scholar
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Attardo, Salvatore
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Delabastita, Dirk
1996“Introduction.” In Wordplay and Translation: Essays on Punning and Translation, Dirk Delabastita (ed.), 1–22. Special issue of The Translator 2 (2).  TSBGoogle Scholar
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Gottlieb, Henrik
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Further reading

Delabastita, Dirk
1993There's a Double Tongue: An Investigation into the Translation of Shakespeare's Wordplay, with special reference to Hamlet. Amsterdam: Rodopi.Google Scholar
Heibert, Frank
1993Das Wortspiel als Stilmittel und seine Übersetzung am Beispiel von sieben Übersetzungen des ‘Ulysses’ von James Joyce. Tübingen: Narr.  TSBGoogle Scholar
Tęcza, Zygmunt
1997Das Wortspiel in der Übersetzung. Stanislaw Lems Spiele mit dem Wort als Gegenstand interlingualen Transfers. Tübingen: Niemeyer. DOI logo  BoPGoogle Scholar