Edited by Leonor Ruiz-Gurillo
[IVITRA Research in Linguistics and Literature 14] 2016
► pp. 215–233
Teasing in casual conversations
An opportunistic discursive strategy
In order to study teasing in casual conversations, I will focus the present work on a specific humorous device that frequently occurs in casual conversations: “linguistic pinning” (Traverso, 1999) described as a verbatim repetition of a word or expression said by the hearer to create humor. Teasing, as many other forms of conversational humor in a broad sense, is thus seen as a rebound on, at least, the prior turn. Consequently, the humorous speaker will be depicted as both a participant able to adapt her/himself to the context (discursive and more generally, relational) and an opportunist, watching out for the possibility of producing humor.
After a description of the forms and function of linguistic pinning and after a comparison to other related phenomena (repetition and punning), I will analyze seven examples of pinning to show its discursive functioning and some reactions it triggers.
- 2.Teasing and teasing in casual conversations
- 3.Linguistic pinning as a specific teasing device
- 3.1Formal and functional characteristics of linguistic pinning
- 3.2Pinning and repetitions
- 3.3Pinning and punning
- 4.The data
- 5.Analysis of the data
- 5.1Pinning revealing a linguistic inappropriateness (real or considered as such)
- 5.2Pinning revealing a second meaning
- 6.Concluding remarks
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