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An English Teacher's Glossary - Parallax


I find this word, which literally refers to optical illusions in space, a useful trope for lexical ambiguity, whether deliberate or accidental. For example, if a rap artist says, of a recording session, 'Let's wrap it up', is he flouting or violating Grice's maxim of manner? Is it a deliberate or an accidental pun? The context of the utterance may help.


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