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Multilingual Puns in Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0420  Sunday, 2 August 2009

From:       Aaron Azlant <
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Date:       Sunday, 2 Aug 2009 10:03:56 -0400
Subject:    Multilingual Puns in Shakespeare

Back in my undergraduate days, I tried to take Latin for a few semesters 
as a way of deepening my Shakespeare studies. I was no good at it, of 
course, but I got through enough of the introductory course to learn 
that "mater" meant "mother" and subsequently inferred that the line "Now 
mother, what's the matter" in 3.4 might also function as a pun.

As somebody with small Latin and no Greek and very little education in 
other languages, I assume that I am missing other, similar bits of 
multilinguistic play and figured that I might ask the board: does 
anybody know of any good resources for the above?

Best,
Aaron

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