chapter  20
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Final Notes

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on key concepts covered in the preceding chapters of this book. The analysis made suggests that our minor genre can be seen as one of the cornerstones of human culture. The riddle's refusal to name its implicit subject has its counterpart in the counterculture of obscene speech, which has as its explicit goal divulging taboo; symptomatically, it retains the grotesque as the structural principle of its inner form, as does the riddle. Furthur studies of riddle explains that its verbal matter merits more attention that it got in this study or elsewhere. The study of kinships between lexical motifs, the re-creation of the conditions of their recurrence, equivalence, and transformation in particular traditions illuminates the folk riddle both as a site of creative processes and as an intimation of forces at work in the language as such. It has aimed to present to the willing eye the folk riddle by peeling away accumulated prejudices.