I recently read a journal article and there is a sentence that really confused me; please help me figure it out!
This is the context:
Cook (2000) defined language play as playing with words and meanings, playing in language and creating fictional words, and playing with pragmatics, which entails enjoyment with language. This last aspect of the deﬁnition, play with pragmatics, recognizes humor (as embedded in riddles, puns, playful episodes), and the enjoyment emerging from this play, as an important aspect of language play.
To my opinion, the (bolded) word 'play' here should be 'playing', but I am not really sure about this. if you have any insight into it, please help me.