Of course there can be aural punning. But writing is not just a
transcription of speech: written punning depends on spelling precisely
because it cannot be heard except in the reader's mind (unless it is
being performed, and then it the actor's choice).
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At 11:23 AM 4/4/2006, you wrote:
>On Tue, Apr 04, 2006 at 10:08:12AM -0400, Marcia Karp wrote:
> > Yes, and without standard spelling they wouldn't be notable.
>This is so true. I think that Peter fails to realize that the punning
>of which he is so fond *relies* upon a standard spelling.
Hmmm. Don't you think there is punning in oral-aural cultures
so to speak)? I think print expands the possibilities (see Finnegan's
see Finnegan's Wake run, wayriver 'e goes), but punning is sound first.