top of page

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.

Want to develop your literary skills? Why not join us on our Writer's Safari

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page