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Book: Playful Texts and the Emergent Reader

Chapter: Language play and nonsense

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.26032


Places language play at the centre of parent-child interaction, and demonstrates that it is crucial for language learning. Shows how children’s phonological play makes way for more complex forms of play with structure and semantics. Examines the most radical form of linguistic play, literary nonsense, and focuses on its obsession with list-making and classification.

Chapter Contributors

  • Anne Plummer ( - aplummer)