The Multimodal Performance of Conversational Humor

| University of Maryland
ISBN 9789027210999 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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ISBN 9789027257857 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
This volume is the first monograph exploring the functions of visual cues in humor, advocating for the development of a non-linguocentric theory of humor performance. It analyzes a corpus of dyadic, face-to-face interactions in Spanish and English to study the relationship between humor, smiling, and gaze, and shows how, by focusing on these elements, it is possible to shed light on the “unsaid” of conversations.
In the book, the humorous framing of an utterance is shown to be negotiated and co-constructed dialogically and multimodally, through changes and patterns of smiling synchronicity, smiling intensity, and eye movements. The study also analyzes the multimodal features of failed humor and proposes a new categorization from a dialogic perspective.
Because of its interdisciplinary approach, which includes facial expression analysis and eye tracking, this book is relevant to humor researchers as well as scholars in social and behavioral sciences interested in multimodality and embodied cognition.
[Figurative Thought and Language, 13]  Expected May 2022.  xix, 221 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
List of figures
List of tables
Chapter 1. Approaching the multimodal study of conversational humor
Chapter 2. Performing conversational humor multimodally – an overview
Chapter 3. Individual smiling behavior
Chapter 4. Smiling patterns and dialogical smiling synergy
Chapter 5. Eye movements
Chapter 6. Failed conversational humor
Chapter 7. Conclusions: Looking backwards and looking forward
Appendix A. Research protocol
Appendix B. Individual smiling intensity by Dyad
Appendix C. Demographic questionnaire
Appendix D. Jokes in English and Spanish
Subjects & Metadata

Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0