The Pragmatics of Humour across Discourse Domains

ORCID logoMarta Dynel | University of Lodz
ISBN 9789027256140 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This edited volume brings together a range of contributions solely on the linguistics of humour. Rather than favour one approach, this collection of articles gives a state-of-the-art picture of current directions in pragmatic humour studies. The contributors assume multifarious theoretical perspectives and discuss a wide array of issues germane to different types of humour across discourse domains. Consequently, the whole gamut of humorous forms and mechanisms are elucidated, such as surrealist irony, incongruity in register humour, mechanisms of pun formation, as well as interpersonal functions of conversational humour. In addition, the papers address diversified manifestations of humour, such as puns in Shakespeare’s plays, gendered jokes on the Internet, sexuality in anti-proverbs, Woody Allen’s prose, humour in “Friends”, and parody by Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Most importantly, the chapters offer new research findings and advocate novel theoretical conceptualisations of humorous phenomena, drawing on the wealth of existing scholarship. Therefore, the volume is bound to serve as a well of knowledge and inspiration for both seasoned and beginning researchers with interests in the pragmatics of humour.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 210] 2011.  vi, 382 pp.
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“Overall, the volume offers both theoretical and empirical insights into humour research. All contributions show a very strong link between theory and empirical data. This is the reason why the book is likely to be of interest not only to linguists, but also to psychologists and cognitive scientists involved in humour research. The merge of pragmatic and cognitive paradigms looks very promising in terms of its explanatory potential.”
“The chapters [...] all offer valuable theoretical discussions, thorough empirical evidence, and interesting insights in the area of humour from the broadest reaches of the field of pragmatics. [...] This useful attempt to cover the field of humour and pragmatics in discourse certainly meets its target.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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