The Pragmatics of Humour across Discourse Domains

| 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.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Pragmatics and linguistic research into humour
Marta Dynel
Part 1. Stylistic figures as forms of humour
1.1: Irony
Will anticipating irony facilitate it immediately?
Rachel Giora
“That’s not ironic, that’s just stupid” Towards an eclectic account of the discourse of irony
Paul Simpson
Irony via “surrealism”
Eleni Kapogianni
1.2 Puns and other wordplay
The role of syllables and morphemes as mechanisms in humorous pun formation
Sarah Seewoester Cain
Context-sensitive aspects of Shakespeare’s use of puns in comedies: An enquiry into clowns’ and pages’ punning practices
Magdalena Adamczyk
Dimensions of incongruity in register humour
Chris Venour, Graeme D. Ritchie and Chris Mellish
Part 2. (Non)interactive forms of humour
2.1: Jokes
Displays of “new” gender arrangements in Russian jokes
Nadine Thielemann
Understanding ethnic humour in Romanian jokes
Carmen Popescu
Sexuality in Anglo-American anti-proverbs
Anna T. Litovkina
2.2 Conversational humour
Joker in the pack: Towards determining the status of humorous framing in conversations
Marta Dynel
Humour in quasi-conversations: Constructing fun in online sports journalism
Jan Chovanec
Humour and the integration of new staff in the workplace: An interactional study
Patricia Pullin
Part 3. Forms of humour in public discourse
Parody in the light of the incongruity-resolution model: The case of political sketches by Monty Pythons's Flying Circus
Maciej Kaczorowski
“I’ll be there for you!” On participation-based sitcom humour
Marta Dynel
“Losers, poltroons and nudniks” in Woody Allen’s Mere Anarchy : A linguistic approach to comic failure
Isabel Ermida
Notes on humour and persuasion in advertising and legal discourse
Giovannantonio Forabosco
Comic takeover or comic makeover? Notes on humour-translating, translation and (un)translatability
Delia Chiaro
Name index
Subject index
“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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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
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ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2011016545 | Marc record